US Medtech Under Trump: Below The Radar Or In The Line Of Fire?
The return of a Republican president to power in last month's US elections showed – for the second time in 2016 – that punditry can be misleading and opinion polls do not always equate with reality. With just a few weeks to President Trump's inauguration, ZS Associates' Brian Chapman gives an early appraisal of how the new administration might view the health care brief in general and the medtech industry in particular.
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