Health care REITs own and manage a variety of health care-related real estate and collect rent from tenants. Health care REITs’ property types include senior living facilities, hospitals, medical office buildings and skilled nursing facilities.

Who Invests in Health Care REITs?

Many Americans may be unaware that they already have investments in REITs via their 401ks, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), or other investment vehicle geared towards retirement. Large institutional investors, including pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, and bank departments, also invest in REITs as a cost effective and efficient way to gain exposure to the real estate asset class. 

How to Invest in Health Care REITs

There are currently 15 health care REITs listed on the FTSE Nareit US Real Estate Indexes. Many investors acquire shares in these REITs via REIT mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but individuals can also invest directly in a REIT with the help of a broker.


8/31/2023, Source: FTSE
Number of REITs
Dividend Yield
YTD Total Return
August Total Return
2022 Total Return

Quarterly Data

Source: Nareit T-Tracker
Q2 2023 2023
FFO ($M) $2,063 $3,718
NOI ($M) $2,429 $4,874
Dividends paid ($M) $1,434 $2,866
SS NOI 8.13%

List of Health Care

1 Year Total Return Stock price
American Healthcare REIT, Inc.
N/A | Irvine United States | Health Care
Not available
CareTrust REIT, Inc.
CTRE | San Clemente United States | Health Care
As of market close 09/22/2023
CNL Healthcare Properties Inc.
N/A | Orlando United States | Health Care
Not available
Community Healthcare Trust
CHCT | Franklin United States | Health Care
As of market close 09/22/2023
Diversified Healthcare Trust
DHC | Newton United States | Health Care
As of market close 09/22/2023
Flagship Healthcare Trust, Inc.
N/A | Charlotte United States | Health Care
Not available