Discuss revenue recognition and expense matching in the context of the healthcare industry and identify any unique challenges with calculating and reporting each. Use specific examples from actual companies where possible, and summarize your findings.

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Essay: Discuss revenue recognition and expense matching in the context of the healthcare industry and identify any unique challenges with calculating and reporting each. Use specific examples from actual companies where possible, and summarize your findings.

Research Assignment: Visit Yahoo Finance for the healthcare sector. http://finance.yahoo.com/sector/healthcare. Click on a symbol for a healthcare provider and examine the cash flow, income statement, and balance sheet and answer the following questions:

What trends do you observe over the periods addressed by the financial statements?

Compare the income statement with the cash flow statement. Identify any interactions between the two statements and discuss what you find.

Compare the income statement with the balance sheet. Identify any interactions between the two statements and discuss what you find.

View Novartis on the Yahoo Finance site. Research how it was possible for them to have lower total revenue, but higher net income?

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