Monday, July 28, 2014

A Role Model for the Medical Device Industry

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.

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