Global Demand for Medical Disposables to Reach US$273B in 2020

According to World Medical Disposables, a new study from The Freedonia Group, an industry research firm based in Cleveland, Ohio (U.S.), world demand for medical disposables is projected to increase by 6.2% annually to US$273 billion in 2020.

Due to high healthcare spending intensity, a high volume of patient activity, strict healthcare infection prevention protocols and greater pricing flexibility, the U.S. will remain the largest market for these products over the long term. China will account for the fastest growing and second-largest share of demand through 2020 and beyond as its medical delivery system is expanded and upgraded to better serve its massive population.

Western Europe will remain the third-largest major market for medical disposables, reflecting the operation of a universal health insurance plan and an advanced medical delivery system in most countries. On the downside, growth prospects for medical disposables in the region will slow due to tight cost controls such as budgeting and fixed reimbursement rates.

Demand for medical disposables in Eastern Europe will remain concentrated in basic commodities such as bandages, sutures and general patient support goods. The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland will see the fastest and most diverse revenue growth in the region, as they are the only nations that operate modern medical delivery systems. Economic and political challenges have limited the production and consumption of medical disposables in Russia. However, by virtue of its sizable population and large base of hospitals and physicians, Russia will comprise the fourth largest national market for these products in 2020.

Among specific types of medical disposables, the best revenue growth prospects globally will exist in products that enhance infection prevention, generate revenues for medical providers, and contribute to more successful patient outcomes. This group includes barrier-enhanced surgical nonwovens, biological wound dressings, biological indicators, dialysis kits, prefillable inhalers, waste disposal containers, and safety-enhanced devices such as surgical scalpels, IV and urinary catheters, and prefilled syringes.
World Medical Disposables (460 pages) is available for US$6,500 from The Freedonia Group.

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