Brazilian Alliance of Innovative Health Industry (ABIIS) - that brings together three entities of the healthcare industry: Brazilian Chamber of Laboratory Diagnosis (CBDL), Brazilian Association of High Technology Equipment, Products and Medical Supplies (Abimed) and the Brazilian Association of Implant Importers and Distributors (ABRAIDI) - released some 2014 industry statistics.
In regards to international trade, the exports increased by 7.5% in 2014 (reaching US$ 1.1 billion). Meanwhile, imports decreased by 2.23% (reaching US$ 6.9 billion). The Brazilian national production of medical equipment also grew by 8.95% in 2014, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). The Institute also recorded a 9.04% increase of sales of medical, pharmaceutical and orthopedic products. The Ministry of Labor and Employment revealed that the sector created more than 3,000 new jobs (an increase of 6.4% when comparing to the same information of 2013.
According to Carlos Gouvêa, ABIIS’ President, the sector’s performance is better than most other markets. Even though 2015 seems to be a year of economic austerity in Brazil, Carlos is optimistic saying that the demand for medical products is rising because of “the concern of people with healthy habits and early diagnosis, with search to new technologies”.