The global refurbished medical devices market is expected to witness a CAGR of 10.3% during the forecast period. Certain factors driving the market growth include cost containment pressure on healthcare organizations, a large inventory of old or used medical devices, the rising trend of medical tourism, and increasing rate of private healthcare institutions.
Along with the demand for new equipment, there is an increasing demand for refurbished medical equipment around the world. In fact, an increasing number of hospitals, which are new, are opting for alternate options to cut down on the capital investments. With the emerging technologies, there has been an increasing trend of ‘affordable buying,’ which is the basic reason for the emergence of the refurbished devices market. For example, today, a customer who is looking for any CT scanner under 4-slice opts for a refurbished unit, rather than a brand new system. The refurbished equipment allows buying of necessary devices at affordable prices, without compromising on quality; therefore healthcare facilities, including small and medium ones, purchase refurbished medical devices. Hence, the refurbished medical devices market is increasing at a high growth rate.
Key Market Trends
Medical Imaging Equipment is expected to hold a Significant Market Share in the Product Type
Medical imaging is the process of making a visual representation of the interior of the body for medical intervention. These instruments help in establishing a database of normal anatomy and physiology of internal organs so that any abnormality can be noticed immediately. The medical imaging equipment includes X-ray machines, ultrasound systems, MRI machines, CT scanners, and nuclear imaging systems (pet, spect, and pet/CT), among others. Majority of the clinics and hospitals that have purchased, used, or refurbished medical equipment generally have neutral-to-positive experiences with the purchase. Most end users have been found to indicate that they purchased used or refurbished equipment due to budgetary constraints.
North America dominates the Market and expected to do Same during the Forecast Period
North America dominates the global market, due to the high incidence of various chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that one person dies due to cradiovascular disease every 37 seconds in United States. This represents the high burden of cardiac disease in the country which is increasing the demand for such medical devices.
In addition to that, supportive regulatory policies for selling and using refurbished medical equipment are also expected to drive the growth of this market in North America.
The global refurbished medical devices market is highly competitive and consists of a number of major players. Companies, like Agito medical A/S, Avante Health Solutions, Block Imaging International, Inc., Everx Pvt Ltd., GE Healthcare, Integrity Medical systems Inc., Koninklijke Philips N.V., Radio Oncology Systems Inc., Siemens Healthcare Systems, and Soma Technology, among others, hold substantial market shares in the refurbished medical devices market.
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