Chi­nese brands in med­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion com­ing

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 13 Business - By ZHENG YIRAN

China’s med­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in­dus­try is es­ti­mated to reach 100 bil­lion yuan ($14.4 bil­lion) in an­nual sales by 2023, with an an­nual com­pound growth rate of over 18 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port.

Re­leased dur­ing the China In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Equip­ment Fair held in Shang­hai, the re­port showed that cur­rently, the us­age ra­tio of the el­derly re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and home health­care equip­ment in China is 1:10.

The cor­re­spond­ing fig­ure for Euro­pean and Amer­i­can coun­tries is 1:1, demon­strat­ing great growth po­ten­tial for China’s med­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in­dus­try.

he na­tion’s med­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in­dus­try re­mains at a rel­a­tively low level, due to lack of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion equip­ment,

bil­lion yuan re­lated hos­pi­tals and beds.

At present, there are 3,800 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in­sti­tu­tions in China, tak­ing up 28 per­cent of the to­tal num­ber of hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide. A com­plete re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion med­i­cal equip­ment sup­ply sys­tem re­mains to be es­tab­lished.

“The back­ward­ness of Chi­nese con­sumers’ spend­ing on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion showed that the do­mes­tic med­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in­dus­try is still quite im­ma­ture, and the pub­lic aware­ness, equip­ment, tal­ent and in­dus­try chain re­main at a pri­mary level,” said a re­port from on­line mar­ket re­search con­sul­tancy Qianzhan.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by Chyxx, an on­line in­dus­try in­for­ma­tion net­work, cur­rently, the vol­ume of China’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion med­i­cal in­dus­try is 20 bil­lion yuan, and the an­nual per capita ex­pen­di­ture is 15 yuan.

The cor­re­spond­ing fig­ures for the United States are 138 bil­lion yuan and 552 yuan re­spec­tively.

In 2011, the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion is­sued a guide­line on the es­tab­lish­ment and man­age­ment of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion de­part­ments in hos­pi­tals, re­quir­ing that com­pre­hen­sive hos­pi­tals must set up re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion de­part­ments and stan­dard re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion equip­ment, in­clud­ing multi-func­tional as­sess­ment equip­ment, ex­er­cise ther­apy equip­ment, phys­i­cal treat­ment equip­ment and speech dis­or­der-re­lated cog­ni­tive treat­ment equip­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the guide­line, 10,000 com­pre­hen­sive hos­pi­tals in China will need to es­tab­lish re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion de­part­ments. Given that the av­er­age cost of set­ting up re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion equip­ment for each hos­pi­tal is 3 mil­lion yuan to 5 mil­lion yuan, the to­tal cost will add up to 30 bil­lion yuan to 50 bil­lion yuan.

Each year, an av­er­age of over 7 mil­lion dis­abled peo­ple get re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion treat­ment, tak­ing up lower than 10 per­cent of the to­tal 85 mil­lion. China is con­strained by the lack of aware­ness of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and the lack of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ed­u­ca­tion.

A re­cent sur­vey con­ducted by the Shan­dong Univer­sity of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine showed that nearly 24 per­cent of the sur­veyed res­i­dents have no idea about re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion treat­ment, 40 per­cent hold wrong no­tions about re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion treat­ment, and only 26 per­cent have cor­rect knowl­edge about it.

Cha­pal Khasnabis, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, said: “Twenty years ago, peo­ple had a mis­un­der­stand­ing that only the dis­abled peo­ple need re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion equip­ment. There­fore, when some of

CHEN XIAOGEN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Vis­i­tors have their blood pres­sure checked at a re­cent in­ter­na­tional ag­ing in­dus­try fair in Bei­jing.

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