The Outlook for Medical Devices in the Middle East

  • June 2012
  • -
  • Espicom Business Intelligence

6 Key Markets Covered

Saudi Arabia


Key national data projections
Current market size
Unique 5-year market projections
Market outlook
Market structure

Including statistical data on imports and exports

Market access

Including distribution and medical device regulation

Healthcare analysis

Including demographics, healthcare system, health expenditure, healthcare infrastructure and personnel

A comprehensive tabula review of the market, including economic indicators, demographics, health expenditure, hospital and primary care data, and healthcare personnel.

Details of the medical equipment distributors held in Espicom’s database at the time of publication

Table Of Contents

The Islamic Republic of Iran forms the eastern border of the Middle East and is bordered by Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Iran boasts an estimated population of 75.1 million in 2010. Government investment has resulted in an improved health sector, with modernised services and facilities being built annually. Ownership of hospitals is evenly split between the public and private/charity sectors but can be fragmented due to lack of co-ordination between agencies.

Oman is a small, oil-dependent state in the Middle East, bordering the Indian Ocean. The country has strong diplomatic relationships with both Arab and leading Western nations. The country has a growing healthcare sector that is constantly being improved and modernised, which is also benefiting from the many construction projects announced in recent years. Over the last 30 years, Oman has invested heavily in the health sector and succeeded in creating a modern hospital system. Despite this, it still lacks rural infrastructure and a local base of trained medical personnel, problems which current health policies are seeking to resolve.

The Saudi government’s capital health spending in 2009 was for the establishment of new health centres, 86 new hospitals with a capacity of 11,750 beds and further development of the Saudi Red Crescent. The government has allocated SR61 billion (US$16.3 billion) for health and social development as part of its 2010 budget. This is equal to 11.3% of the total budget. Eight new hospitals and 19 existing hospitals will be expanded during the fiscal year.

The UAE’s economy is heavily dependent on the price of oil. Per capita GDP is very high, ranked among the top 20 in the world, and in 2010 is estimated at US$45,820. Real GDP growth of just 2.6% is expected for 2010, but this is projected to rise to 5.3% in 2015. As a percentage of GDP, healthcare expenditure is low, but in per capita terms, spending is among the top 20 in the world. Overall health expenditure is estimated at US$9.6 billion in 2011, equal to 3.3% of GDP. Per capita spending is US$1,685.

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