COVID-19 Impact on the Global Respiratory Care Devices Market:
The COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, led to the rapid establishment of several hospitals for treating the increasing number of patients. This has been mirrored in other countries as well—Italy and the US also built large hospitals within days to accommodate a growing patient population. In New York, US, the army converted the Javits convention center into a 2,900-bed hospital within four days. Critical care devices are being manufactured in increased quantities to meet growing demand. The state of affairs resulting from the pandemic has resulted in alliances between healthcare and non-healthcare industries to manufacture respiratory care devices.
Respiratory Care Devices Market Dynamics
Drivers: Outbreak of infectious diseases affecting the respiratory system
Infectious respiratory diseases directly drive demand for respiratory care. COVID-19 is the most recent and significant of these diseases; the pandemic has resulted in a surge in demand for personal protection equipment and ventilators, among others. The demand for ventilators has also grown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, resulting in governmental and industrial support for driving the pace of manufacturing. This is indicative of the emphasis on respiratory care in the background of an outbreak; the market is expected to show a healthy growth rate, as a result.
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Restrains: Unfavorable reimbursement scenario
Many patients rely on reimbursements to receive treatment. The diagnostic industry as a whole and respiratory care diagnostics, in particular, is presently facing the challenge of lack of reimbursements for various diagnostic tests. Reimbursement policies are dispersed in Europe and are available only for PAP devices and oral appliances in select countries (devices that are not covered by insurance have a low market share in the region). Also, the majority of countries in the Asian and RoW regions have negligible reimbursement coverage for respiratory care devices.
The hospitals segment accounted for the largest market share in 2019
Based on the end-user, the respiratory care devices market is segmented into hospitals, home care settings, and ambulatory care centers. In 2019, hospitals accounted for the largest market share. Their financial capabilities, which allow them to purchase expensive instruments, and the availability of trained professionals to operate these instruments, have ensured the high percentage of hospitals in this market. Home care settings are expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period, mainly due to the development of compact and lightweight respiratory care devices that are easier to carry and operate.
Asia Pacific market to witness the highest growth during the forecast period
The respiratory market is divided into five regions—North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. These regions are further analyzed at the country levels. North America held the largest share of the respiratory care devices market in 2019, followed by Europe and the Asia Pacific. The Asia Pacific market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period, due to due to the presence of a large pool of respiratory patients, increasing healthcare expenditure, rapidly developing healthcare infrastructure, rising per capita income, growing middle-class population, and growing prevalence of tobacco smoking in this region.
Global Key Players:
Some of the prominent players operating in this market include Philips Healthcare (Netherlands), ResMed (US), Medtronic (Ireland), Masimo Corporation (US), Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (New Zealand), Drager AG (Germany), Invacare Corporation (US), Nihon Kohden (Japan), Getinge AB (Sweden) and Air Liquide (France).
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Expected Revenue Growth:
The respiratory care devices market is expected to reach USD 29.9 billion by 2025 from USD 16.0 billion in 2019, at a CAGR of -12.5% during the forecast period of 2020 to 2025. Due to the outbreak of corona virus globally, there is a sudden rise in the demand for respiratory care devices. Thus, the respiratory care devices market witnessed a CAGR of 261.1% between 2019 and 2020. In 2020, respiratory care devices market reached to USD 58.1 billion.
The growth of this market is mainly attributed to the high prevalence of respiratory diseases, rising aging population across the globe, high prevalence of smoking, rising urbanization and pollution levels, increasing incidence of preterm births, and lifestyle changes. However, a lack of awareness—leading to a large underdiagnosed and undertreated population—and the harmful effects of certain respiratory care devices on neonates have hampered market growth to an extent.