The best healthcare ETFs

How to invest in the healthcare sector using ETFs

With sector ETFs, you invest in a specific part of the economy, for example in the healthcare sector. The most widely used standard in the financial industry for dividing the economy into sectors is the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). The major index providers MSCI and S&P use this standard consisting of 11 sectors and 68 assigned industries.

For the classification of listed companies in each sector, the index providers analyse in which business segment companies are generating the majority of their sales and profits. Additionally, the positioning and public perception of a company are also taken into account.
0.25% p.a. - 0.30% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of healthcare ETFs
on the healthcare sector, which is tracked by ETFs
on the healthcare sector
 
The best indices for healthcare ETFs

How do I invest in the healthcare sector?

An industry or sector index consists of all the companies of a certain sector starting from a parent index. For example, the MSCI World Health Care index tracks all companies from the healthcare sector that are included in the MSCI World. A global healthcare ETF thus gives you the opportunity to invest in the largest companies from the healthcare sector worldwide.

Sector ETFs of this type should not be mixed up with thematic ETFs. Thematic ETFs track a non-standardised industry group and a specific investment theme. We provide you with an overview of the available thematic ETFs here.
 
justETF tip: You can find out more about sector ETFs in our articles Investing in different sectors via ETFs and What sort of sector ETFs are available?.
 

Which companies are included in healthcare ETFs?

Companies from the healthcare sector include healthcare service providers such as operators of hospitals and emergency services. Distributors and manufacturers of equipment and supplies are also included, as well as technology companies for the healthcare sector. Companies involved in the research, development, production and marketing of pharmaceuticals and biotechnological products are assigned to the healthcare sector, too. Special thematic ETFs are available for various sub-sectors of the healthcare sector. These include, for example, ETFs on biotech and cannabis. In addition, innovation ETFs often provide a focus on healthcare innovation.

In this investment guide, you will find all ETFs that allow you to invest globally in companies from the healthcare sector. For a performance comparison of the various ETF sectors, please have a look at our market overview.

MSCI World Health Care performance

1 month: -1.89%
1 year: 14.83%
3 years: 41.44%
5 years: 87.00%
 

Healthcare ETFs in comparison

The most important factors at a glance
In the table below we have listed the currently available healthcare ETFs. Via the "Properties" and "Performance" tabs, you can find detailed information on these ETFs and sort them according to your desired criterion. More information about the different criteria when choosing an ETF can be found in our article on ETF selection.
 
ETF
ISIN
Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Inception date Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Xtrackers MSCI World Health Care UCITS ETF 1CIE00BM67HK77 1,370 0.25% p.a. 04/03/2016 Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
SPDR MSCI World Health Care UCITS ETFIE00BYTRRB94 346 0.30% p.a. 29/04/2016 Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Lyxor MSCI World Health Care TR UCITS ETF - Acc (USD)LU0533033311 63 0.30% p.a. 19/08/2010 Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
ETF
ISIN
1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
Xtrackers MSCI World Health Care UCITS ETF 1CIE00BM67HK77 -0.36% -2.07% 10.80% 14.84% 36.61% 80.95%
SPDR MSCI World Health Care UCITS ETFIE00BYTRRB94 -0.38% -1.87% 10.68% 14.71% 36.71% 81.25%
Lyxor MSCI World Health Care TR UCITS ETF - Acc (USD)LU0533033311 -0.41% -1.89% 10.71% 14.63% 36.30% 80.53%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/2021