The U.S. market for home care products and equipment continues to post steady gains, primarily as a result of the aging population and increasing shifts of chronic care patients from hospitals to home. In 2004, an estimated 16 million people received home health care in the United States, and most of these individuals also used associated home care products.
Through 2009, the numbers of home care patients will continue to grow as patient lifespans are extended with more sophisticated medical care and new technologies, and home care becomes an increasingly important and accepted means to contain healthcare costs for managed care providers.
This study—the fourth time Kalorama Information has investigated this market over the past 10 years—provides details on the following segments:
- Home Medical Equipment: including
- Infusion Products:
- Respiratory Therapy Products:
- Kidney Dialysis Equipment:
- Home Defibrillators: and
- General Equipment and Supplies:
For each segment and subsegment sales estimates are provided at the manufacturers’ level for the historic 1999 to 2004 period, and forecasts are provided through 2009. Market share of the major players is detailed for the base year 2004. Relevant epidemiology is provided where appropriate, and average price per unit is calculated for various equipment segments. In addition, 13 major home care suppliers are profiled in depth and the main drivers and constraints in the market are discussed.
Information for this report was gathered from a wide variety of sources—both primary and secondary. Secondary research involved comprehensive review of company reports and filings, government documents, trade journals, newspapers and business press, analysts’ reports, and other sources. Primary research entailed interviews with company representatives conducted to capture the perspectives from industry participants’ point of view and assess trends; the interviews form the basis of the forecasting and competitive analysis.