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The global medical devices market size was USD 432.23 billion in 2020. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with medical devices witnessing a negative impact on the adoption rate across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a decline of 3.7% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The market is projected to grow from USD 455.34 billion in 2021 to USD 657.98 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 5.4% in the 2021-2028 period. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
The growing prevalence of chronic diseases, and the increasing emphasis of healthcare agencies towards early diagnosis and treatment, is leading to an increasing number of patients undergoing diagnostic and surgical procedures. According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), there were an estimated 36.2 million inpatient admissions in the U.S. in 2019. The rise in the number of inpatient admissions and the increasing number of surgical and diagnostic procedures is fueling the demand for medical devices, including capital equipment and consumables in developed and emerging countries.
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This is further augmented by the increasing investments by leading market players in the R&D for the development of technologically advanced equipment, with an aim to cater to the growing demand for innovative devices. For instance, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. invested an estimated USD 12.15 billion in R&D in 2020. Another leading medical device manufacturer, Medtronic, reported an investment of USD 2.33 billion in R&D in 2020.
Increasing investment of medical technology companies in research & development and favorable scenarios provided by regulatory authorities for their approval is expected to boost this industry in the forecast period. For instance, according to the U.S FDA database, around 59 devices were approved by the FDA during the 2019-2020 period.
Deferral of Elective Procedures to Dwindle Market amid Coronavirus
Leading players operating in the global market witnessed a significant impact on demand for various medical devices, where some segments witnessed a sharp increase in demand while others witnessed a significant decline. Companies focusing on market segments, including in-vitro diagnostic devices, nephrology, and diabetes, witnessed comparatively higher demand for their products and devices during 2020.
Other players offering devices that were prominently used for procedures that were considered elective, such as devices used in cardiovascular, orthopedic, and other surgeries, along with diagnostic imaging equipment, witnessed a significant decline in revenues in 2020, as compared to 2019.
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Growing Customer Preference for Wearable Devices is a Prominent Trend
Despite the limitations of wearable medical devices, such as security concerns, and concerns related to data privacy, there is still a significantly high preference for fitness trackers and activity monitors. The growing emphasis on fitness among adults globally and the increasing focus of regional and national healthcare agencies towards monitoring and diagnosis have been pivotal in higher demand for fitness trackers.
According to various independent surveys conducted in the U.S., an estimated 21.0% of the adult population in the country owned a fitness tracker in 2019. This demand has been further fueled by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the introduction of advanced models by market players, with new features, at competitive pricing, which has attracted customers. This presents a huge growth opportunity for new entrants and established players to focus on this segment and launch new wearable devices to cater to these devices’ growing demand.
Rising Prevalence of Chronic Diseases to Boost the Demand for Medical Devices
There is a growing prevalence of chronic disorders, including diabetes, cancer, and other infectious diseases, owing to the adoption of sedentary lifestyles and other factors. This has led to a significant rise in the economic burden of treatment of these diseases on the healthcare systems of various countries.
Also, a rapid rise in the geriatric population is supplementing ophthalmic and orthopedic devices' growth due to the increasing incidence of impaired vision and hip fractures in the elderly population. For instance, an estimated 303 million people in the world were suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, according to various national and regional databases.
Healthcare agencies of various countries are focusing on increasing the diagnosis and treatment rates through the growing number of awareness programs. This, along with growing per capita healthcare expenditure in developed and emerging countries, is leading to the rising number of patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment. This is fuelling the growing demand for medical devices in these countries.
Shift towards Homecare Settings is Boosting the Demand for Portable Devices
The rising prevalence of chronic conditions and treatment of patients suffering from these diseases is exerting huge pressure on the healthcare systems of various countries. The overall costs of treating a patient in a hospital inpatient setting are significantly higher, and longer hospital stays are associated with the higher economic burden.
Citing the efforts by healthcare agencies to shift patients towards home care settings, market players are actively investing in research and development of advanced and easy-to-use medical equipment for the treatment of chronic disorders. Their efforts have resulted in the introduction of portable and wearable devices that can be easily used by patients at home without the need of professional assistance.
High Cost of Medical Devices to Restrict the Market Growth
The medical device industry has witnessed noteworthy developments in the past decade regarding new technologies being implemented and new design modifications, among others. However, these devices' high cost, which includes a comparatively higher acquisition cost, and subsequent maintenance costs, leads to an overall increased device cost and ownership. Some of the advanced devices are associated with various other components such as chips, batteries, sensors, and some other accessories which require periodic replacement.
This leads to a comparatively higher cost of ownership to the patient. Additionally, reimbursement for medical devices has also been a restricting factor in the adoption of these devices in emerging countries. Thus, the above factors, along with inadequate reimbursement policies, have been responsible for the comparatively limited adoption of these type of devices in emerging countries.
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In-vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Segment to Grow at a Faster Pace during 2021-2028 Period
Among types, the in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) segment is expected to register a higher CAGR owing to increasing uptake of real-time diagnostic tests for precise diagnosis of chronic and infectious diseases such as diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc. The other segment held a dominating share in 2020 owing to higher demand and adoption of medical clothing, masks, gloves, surgical lights, fetal monitors, and other hospital supplies. The wound management segment is also expected to grow at a significant CAGR due to increasing investment by medical devices companies in introducing novel wound devices and bioactive therapies in the market.
Additionally, technological advancements in surgical robots and their increasing usage by healthcare providers are key factors expected to drive the minimally invasive surgery (MIS) segment's growth during the forecast period. However, the segments of the orthopedic and cardiovascular devices are anticipated to grow at a significant pace owing to a globally increasing patient pool suffering from different cardiac-related and orthopedic disorders.
Also, the increasing incidence of diabetes and retinal disorders among the general population is anticipated to boost the adoption of diabetes care and ophthalmic devices and will subsequently drive medical devices market growth during the forecast period.
Hospitals & ASC Segment Held a Dominant Share in 2020
Based on end-users, the market includes hospitals & ASC’s, clinics, and others. The hospitals & ASC segment held a dominating share in 2020 due to the increasing number of multispecialty and community hospitals, especially in emerging countries. Thus, the above factors and growing emphasis of healthcare agencies and government towards a routine diagnosis of patients and their timely treatment have resulted in raising awareness among the general population and is subsequently propelling the market's growth during the forecast period.
The clinics and other segments are expected to grow at a significant CAGR during the forecast period due to increasing funding by public and private players in small and medium-sized clinics and long-term care centers worldwide to improve healthcare infrastructure.
North America Medical Devices Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)
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The medical devices market size in North America stood at USD 168.76 billion in 2020. The presence of adequate and favorable reimbursement policies, a well-developed healthcare infrastructure, rapid adoption of advanced medical technologies, and key players in the region are major factors primarily responsible for its dominance. This is further augmented by the increasing number of patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment in the region, owing to a rising incidence and prevalence of chronic conditions.
The market in Europe is anticipated to register a significant CAGR owing to increasing healthcare expenditure, well-established infrastructure, and increasing adoption of advanced diagnostic and treatment devices. A strong focus towards a shift of medical care in home care settings, and the introduction of portable medical equipment by leading global and domestic players in the region, is poised to drive the growth of the market during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a comparatively higher CAGR due to the increasing prevalence of diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, infectious diseases, dental disorders, diabetes, etc., along with the increasing focus of market players to expand its direct presence in emerging countries, including China, India and fulfill the demand of patients in this region.
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On the other hand, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa are expected to register a substantial CAGR during the forecast period due to rapidly developing healthcare infrastructure in few countries such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, etc., and the entry of global market players in these regions through direct or indirect presence.
Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., Abbott, and Stryker are Major Players of the Market
The global market is fragmented, with players like Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., Abbott, Stryker accounting for a major share in 2020. The top market players focus on strategies such as acquisitions, collaborations, and new product developments and launches to strengthen their market position globally.
Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. captured a significant medical devices market share in 2020 and is estimated to continue to hold its position in the forecast period due to its strong presence across the world and a vast distribution network. Other prominent players in the market are Siemens Healthineers AG, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, GE Healthcare, BD, Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, and Boston Scientific Corporation, and Baxter, among others.
The market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, products, and end-users. Besides this, it offers insights into the medical devices market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the market's growth in recent years.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global market stood at USD 432.23 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 657.98 billion by 2028.
In 2020, the North America market size stood at USD 168.76 billion.
The market will exhibit steady growth at a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period (2021-2028).
Among type, the others segment will lead the market.
Rising prevalence of chronic disorders, and growing awareness among the general population are the key market drivers of the market.
Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., Abbott, Stryker are the markets top players.
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