We will help develop the medical device industry

2019-09-03 16:29

It is reported that the Ministry of Science and Technology has completed the Special Plan for the Scientific and Technological Development of the Medical Device Industry 2011-2015, which is expected to be issued in the near future after the opinions of medical device enterprises are widely solicited.  

China's medical device market is developing rapidly and has a wide space  

At present, the rapid expansion of China's medical device market has become the world's third largest medical device market after the United States and Japan, China has become the main region to drive the growth of the global market.   If current growth rates continue in the next few years, China will overtake Japan to become the world's second largest market for medical devices.   The active medical device market in China, the guidance of national policies and the demand for the upgrading of equipment in domestic medical and health institutions, make China become a huge medical device consumption market.  

With the stimulation of market demand and the sustained and stable development of China's economy, China's medical devices have developed rapidly.   In recent years, China's medical device industry has maintained rapid growth, with sales revenue growing at more than 17% and 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, with a year-on-year growth of 28.11%, among which the sales of high-end medical devices reached 10 billion yuan, maintaining an average annual growth rate of about 20%.  

At the same time, the new medical reform also clearly points out that the state will strengthen the public health system and urban communities, rural grassroots medical and health construction year by year.   With the medical device enterprises to further dig the "rural + 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, primary medical institutions in the second and third-tier counties and towns will be the top priority of China'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 regions and the continuous increase of national investment in medical reform in the future, the growth space of districts and counties will be quite broad.  

Prominent development problems  

According to the data, the current domestic medical institutions of the overall level of medical equipment is still very low, the distribution of medical equipment between the region and medical institutions is very uneven, medical resources are mainly concentrated in the city hospitals;   Fifteen per cent of the instruments and equipment available in the country's medical institutions date from before the 1970s and 60 per cent from 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 such as large quantity, small scale, low industry concentration, insufficient investment in scientific research and weak innovation ability.   In fact, the medical device industry is a multidisciplinary cross, knowledge intensive, capital intensive and high technology industries and high entry barriers, and Chinese medical instrument enterprises though the quantity is more, but most can only seek survival in the low-end market, or to provide spare parts for foreign enterprises, in the high-end market share of less than a third,   Products in the service life and product quality with foreign enterprises have a certain gap.  

The market share of Chinese local medical device enterprises in the high-end market is very low, and the high-end market of medical device is occupied by foreign enterprises.   With such vast domestic medical equipment market, although the domestic has so many medical device manufacturers, but also import a lot of medical equipment from abroad, China every year to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign exchange to import a large number of medical equipment from abroad, and nearly 70% of the domestic medical equipment market has also been foreign companies.  

Multiple positive factors will promote the sustainable development of the medical device industry  

A person in charge of the Planning and Finance Department of the Ministry of Health of China said at the 20th Annual Conference of the Chinese Medical Equipment Association this year that during the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" period, the central government will continue to increase the investment in medical equipment projects to support basic equipment in primary medical institutions.   We will strengthen the construction and equipement of institutions for disease control, occupational health prevention and treatment, and maternal and child health care. We will improve the rural first-aid system and gradually increase the number of ambulances and necessary first-aid equipment.   In addition, the allocation of health education equipment in primary medical and health institutions and the construction of medical and health personnel training bases are also taken into consideration.  

Meanwhile, Meng Jianguo, deputy secretary general of the China Association of Medical Equipment, said at the meeting that supporting the medical device industry will be one of the priorities of the 12th Five-Year Plan.  

In the next five years, the demand for medical equipment, imaging equipment, testing equipment and information products in county-level hospitals in China will increase dramatically. "The new medical reform will invest vigorously in grassroots medical institutions. This year, the state will invest 2.5 million yuan in each county hospital and 2 million yuan in each traditional Chinese medicine hospital.   At present, China has more than 1.8 million natural villages and nearly 420,000 townshity-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 a source from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), during the 12th Five-Year Plan period, China will vigorously promote the digitalization, intelligence, high precision and networking of medical devices, and promote the development of homegrown medical devices. The next step is expected to be remanufacturing of medical devices.  

In addition, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology, the "special planning" for high and low medical devices have support.   There are 10 types of key basic equipment involved in primary medical care, and it is expected to promote high-quality and inexpensive ultrasound color ultrasound equipment suitable for the national conditions.   Focus on solving the problem of high value consumables in the field of high-end products, and strive for the realization of pricing power;   The medical device service business will be supported.  

In addition, with the technological progress and the rapid development of China's economy, the acceleration of China's pace of integration with the international market 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 the natural population growth is rapid, and the natural population growth is the basic factor to promote the consumption of medical commodities.   Along with the development of economy, people's living standard has also been improved.   People began to generally pursue to improve the quality of life, with a strong awareness of health care, medical equipment products also have a relatively large demand.  

With the introduction of national support policies, as well as the development of market economy and market demand, the medical device industry will usher in a sustainable and healthy development.