Germany has more to proud of than the World Cup championship. While the European Union is suffering from an economic crisis, Germany has maintained a growing healthcare industry, showing impressive strength in all areas ranging from R&D and medtech startups to regulation and market growth.
The medical device sector is the largest employer in Germany, according to BVmed 2011/2012 industry report. With 5.4 million employees, almost one in seven jobs in Germany can be found in the healthcare industry. Germany represents 14.6% of medical device global share (second only to the United States) and exports 65% of medical technologies made in the country. To fight against the effects of an ageing population, Germany has implemented a series of major healthcare reforms over the past 20 years.
It seems like the medical device industry has a lot to learn from Europe’s strongest country.