The Outlook of Medical Devices in Central & Eastern Europe to 2016 Central & Eastern Europe is composed of a diverse range of markets, all at different stages of development. Markets throughout the region grew very rapidly until 2008, as many countries joined the EU between 2004 and 2007. All have healthcare systems in great need of renovation and updating, and spending on new diagnostic equipment in particular has been very strong. Most new equipment is imported, as Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary represent the five largest markets in the region. Slovenia is a small market, but has the highest per capita expenditure, on a par with much of Western Europe. The Economic Situation All countries in the CEE region were affected by the global economic crisis to some extent; Ukraine was particularly hard hit with its economy contracting by 14.8% in 2009. However, most of the region emerged from recession in 2010 and all CEE countries were exhibiting positive growth rates by 2011. The regional economy is expected to grow by an annual average of 3.1% between 2012 and 2016, although the ongoing eurozone crisis may negatively impact this rate. The CEE region contains export-dependent countries such as the Czech Republic and Hungary, which will be vulnerable to any depressed demand in the eurozone. However, financial assistance provided by the IMF has helped countries such as Romania to strengthen their economies and limit the effects of the recession on the health sector; overall demand for medical devices has therefore remained strong, particularly in the consumables field. Explore Comprehensive list of Tables & Figures available in the report Central & Eastern
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Total health expenditure for the CEE region is projected to reach an estimated US$329.0 billion by 2016, equal to 6.7% of GDP. At present, only 29% of spending in the region is private, but over 85% of this is composed of out-of-pocket payments. The area of private healthcare plans remains largely undeveloped within most markets. Slovenia, the wealthiest country per capita in the region, is the only state in which private plans have become a strong feature, representing almost half of total private spending.
Focus on market opportunities: Diagnostic Imaging The table below shows the rise in demand for imported diagnostic imaging equipment since the end of the economic crisis, following a period of slow-moderate growth. Between 2006 and 2010, the CAGR for such equipment did not exceed 20% in the countries listed below; however, import performance was much more encouraging in the year ending October 2011, particularly in Romania and Poland where growth rates reached 47.8% and 34.0%, respectively.
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