In the following video, Motley Fool health-care analyst Max Macaluso takes a question from one of our readers, who asks:

I'm hearing nightmare stories from the medical community. Hospitals laying off staff, doctors choosing early retirement. Is the medical community that bad of an investment right now? Prime for shorting?

In the video, Max takes a look back at how some hospital stocks actually performed in 2012, to get the real story of what's happening here. But, while looking at the 2012 performance of these stocks is useful, the best investing approach is to choose great companies and stick with them for the long term. In our free report, "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich," we name stocks that could help you build long-term wealth and retire well, along with some winning wealth-building strategies that every investor should be aware of. Click here now to keep reading.


The article Ask a Fool: Is the Medical Community Prime for Shorting? originally appeared on Fool.com.

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