According to reports, the key special project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the "2011 to 2015 Special Plan for the Development of Medical Device Industry Science and Technology", has been completed and is expected to be released in the near future after widely soliciting opinions from medical device enterprises.
China's medical device market is developing rapidly and has It has a large growth opportunity
At present, China's medical device market is expandingrapidly and has become the third largest medical device market in the world after the United States and Japan. China has become the main region driving the growth of the global market. In the next few years, if the current development speed is maintained, China will overtake Japan to become the world's second-largest medical device market. China's medical device market is active and the guidance of national policies and the need for upgrading equipment in domestic medical and health institutions have made China a huge medical device consumer market.
Under the background of the stimulation of market demand and the sustained and stable development of China's economy, China's medical equipment has developed rapidly. In recent years, China's medical device industry has maintained rapid growth, and the growth rate of sales revenue has remained above 17%, with an average growth rate of 20.81%. In 2006, the sales revenue of the medical device industry reached 42.771 billion yuan. In 2007,the sales revenue of China's medical device industry reached 54.795 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 28.11% growth.
At the same time, the new medical reform also clearly states that the country will increase the public health system and the construction of urban communities and rural grassroots medical and health care year by year. As medical device companies further dig into the "going to the countryside + community" market, and under the situation of continuous structural adjustment and industrial upgrading, the medical device industry has entered a period of rapid development. In the future, grass-roots medical institutions in counties and towns in the second and third tiers cities will be the top priority ofnChina's medical device market, and economically backward areas such as the central and western regions will also be the focus of future development. With the growth of consumption power in these areas and the continuous increase of national medical reform investment in the future, the growth space of districts and counties will be quite broad.
Prominent development issues
According to data, the overall level of medical equipment in domestic medical institutions is still very low, medical equipment is unevenly distributed between regions and medical institutions and medical resources are mainly concentrated in large urban hospitals; 15% of the existing equipment in national medical institutions and equipment is a product before the 1970s and 60% of the equipment is a product before the mid-1980s.
There are hidden worries behind China's booming medical device market. Similar to China's pharmaceutical industry, China's medical device industry also has problems of large numbers, small scale, low industry concentration, insufficient scientific research investment, and weak innovation ability. The medical device industry is a multidisciplinary, knowledge-intensive, and capital-intensive high-tech industry with high barriers to entry. Although there are a large number of Chinese medical device companies, most of them can only seek survival in the low-end market, or provide spare parts for foreign companies, the share in the high-end market is less than 1/3, and there is a certain gap between the service life and product quality of products and foreign companies.
The market share of China's local medical device companies in the high-end market is very low, and the high-end market of medical devices is occupied by foreign companies. Faced with such a vast domestic medical device market, although there are so many medical device manufacturers in China, they still have to import a large amount of medical equipment from abroad. China spends hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign exchange every year to import a large amount of medical equipment from abroad. Nearly 70% of the domestic medical device market has been divided up by foreign companies.
Multiple favorable factors will promote the sustainable development of the medical device industry
The authority in charge of the Planning and Finance Department of the Ministry of Health of China stated at the 20th Annual Academic Conference of the China Medical Equipment Association that during the"Twelfth Five-Year Plan" period, the central government will continue to increase investment in medical equipment and equipment projects to support the grassroots, equip medical institutions with basic equipment, strengthen the construction of disease control institutions, occupational health prevention, and control institutions, and maternal and child health institutions and equip them with necessary equipment, improve the rural emergency system and gradually increase ambulances and necessary emergency equipment. In addition, the allocation of health education equipment in grassroots medical and health institutions and the equipment construction of medical and health personnel training bases are also taken into consideration.
At the same time, Meng Jianguo, deputy secretary-general of the China Medical Equipment Association, said at the meeting that supporting the medical device industry will be one of the priorities of the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan".
In the next five years, the demand for medical equipment, imaging equipment, testing equipment, and information products in China's county-level hospitals will increase sharply. "The new medical reform will invest heavily in grassroots medical institutions. Each TCM hospital will invest 2 million yuan." At present, China has more than 1.8 million villages and nearly 420,000 township-level governments. In addition,the new medical reform will drive the private hospital market and bring business opportunities to the medical device market.
According to sources from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, during the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" period, China will vigorously improve the digitization, intelligence, high-precision and networking of medical devices and promote the development of domestic medical devices. The next step is to realize remanufacturing in the field of medical devices.
According to sources from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the "Special Plan" provides support for high-end and low-end medical devices. There are 10 types of key basic equipment involved in primary medical care, and it is expected to promote high-quality and low-cost ultrasound and color ultrasound equipment suitable for national conditions; in the field of high-end products, focus on solving the problem of high-value consumables, and strive to achieve pricing power;medical device service business will receive support.
In addition, with the advancement of technology and the rapid development of China's economy, and the accelerating pace of China's integration with the world, which will promote the upgrading of domestic equipment and expand the market capacity of medical devices. At the same time, China has a large population base and rapid natural population growth, which is the basic factor that promotes the consumption of medical commodities. Along with economic development, people's living standards have also improved. People began to generally seek to improve their quality of life, have a relatively strong awareness of health care, and have a relatively large demand for medical device products.
With the promulgation of national support policies, as well as the development of the market economy and market demand, the medical device industry will usher in a sustained and healthy development.