Global Durable Medical Equipment Market - 2022-2029
Durable Medical Equipment Market size was valued at US$ YY million in 2021 and is estimated to reach US$ YY million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period (2022-2029).
Durable medical equipment (DME) is intended to manage various medical conditions and illnesses and offer convenience and therapeutic benefits to patients. DME is mainly associated with therapeutic benefits and comfort for patients and is not intended for non-medical purposes. They are typically prescribed by a physician and are durable and, reusable, homecare friendly. DME includes wheelchairs (manual and electric), hospital beds, traction equipment, canes, crutches, walkers, kidney machines, ventilators, oxygen, monitors, pressure mattresses, lifts, nebulizers, and others.
The key drivers of the growth of the durable medical equipment market are the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, technological advancements, increasing government initiatives and a rapidly increasing aging population that is highly susceptible to chronic diseases further propels the market.
The increasing need for durable medical equipment is fueling growth in the market.
The increasing need for durable medical equipment is driving the global market growth because of the increasing cases of chronic diseases and inflating geriatric population. According to the WHO, 27.5 million people were infected with HIV and 5.8 million with tuberculosis in 2020. Also, non-communicable diseases are responsible for over 41 million deaths annually, making up 74% of global deaths. Each year more than 17 million death are premature because of non-communicable diseases, and around 86% is from low- and middle-income countries. In addition, per the WHO, the global geriatric population in 2020 was over 1.4 billion and is predicted to reach 2.1 billion by 2050. This increased healthcare burden caused 98556.72 US Dollars/capita healthcare spending in 2021, by the European Union countries, as per the data obtained from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development data. Thus, these factors are driving the growth of the market in the forecast period
The high cost of the equipment is expected to hinder global durable medical equipment market growth.
However, the durable medical equipment costs high, which burdens the patient with the treatment cost and is not covered by insurance. For instance, wheelchairs cost $1,000 to $15,000 based on the advancements. Also, equipment maintenance increases the burden, hampering the global market growth during the forecast period.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was revealed that there is an increased need for a better healthcare system to handle such situations since a large population infected with the virus required immediate healthcare support, which increased investments in healthcare as there was a prerequisite of a considerable number of hospitals equipments such as ventilators, oximeters, etc. and hospital furniture like hospital beds which created a heavy demand for such which impacted the market greatly.
Personal mobility devices are expected to dominate the durable medical equipments market throughout the forecast period (2022-2029).
Personal mobility devices are estimated to dominate throughout the forecast period because of the advancement in personal mobility equipment such as WHILL Personal Electric Vehicles allows easy lifting of the chair by the patient, has an LED screen that displays the chair movement and delivers four different speeds to select. The setup utilizes an ergonomic joystick allowing a person to drive freely without any physical effort; this electric wheelchair has tire traction, enabling the chair to turn 360 degrees. Also, One electric scooter, The Mobie Plus, is a folding mobility scooter that allows easy folding or unfolding of the Mobie in just one minute. It is compact, lightweight and space-saving, making it perfect for traveling. The Mobie is even provided with an onboard battery storage compartment making it possible to travel twice the distance (up to 26 miles) on a single charge. In addition, Invacare Corporation launched the Invacare AVIVA STORM RX, a Next Generation Rear Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair.
North America holds the largest market share of global durable medical equipment.
North America is estimated to dominate the global market during the forecast period (2022-2029) because of the extensive number of developed and well-staffed hospitals, with increased healthcare expenses and expanding incidences of chronic diseases. According to American Hospital Association, in 2022, more than 6,093 hospitals with 920,531 staffed bed capacity and 33,356,853 admissions are present, rendering $ 1,213,881,001,000 of expenditure. In addition, approximately 58.5 million adult Americans who suffer from arthritis cause $303.5 billion in annual costs for medical care and lost earnings; every year, 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer, leading to $185 billion in spending each year.
Moreover, nearly 37 million Americans have diabetes costing $327 billion in annual spending. More than 877,500 Americans die because of heart disease, causing a loss of $147 billion in productivity due to premature deaths. Thus, from the above mention data, the market will be drive in the forecast period.
The global durable medical equipment market is fairly consolidated, with selected key players accounting for the predominant market share. The major players with significant market share include Stryker Corporation, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Invacare Corporation, Sunrise Medical, Cardinal Health, Medline Industries Inc., Baxter International Inc., Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., GF Health Products Inc., ArjoHuntleigh, Medtronic plc. The key players focus on R&D, product innovation, and product outreach through distribution through local suppliers and distributors worldwide. For instance, in March 6, 2020, Invacare Corporation launched Invacare AVIVA FX Power. Also, in March 15, 2022, Stryker launched the connected Power-PRO 2 powered ambulance cot.
Cardinal Health, Inc. is a leading health care services company. Cardinal Health, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Ohio and Dublin, Ireland. The company deals with distributing pharmaceuticals and medical products to over 100,000 locations; it also manufactures medical and surgical products such as gloves, surgical apparel, and fluid management products. Around 75% of United States hospitals get medical products from Cardinal Health.
Cardinal Health’s product portfolio of durable medical products has bath accessories and safety products (Commodes and Accessories, Shower Chairs and Accessories, Toilet seats and Accessories), mobility products (Canes and replacement parts, Crutches and Replacement Parts, Oxygen Tank Cart, Wheelchairs and Accessories) and exam room equipment.
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