Sweden’s health system is one of the best and most well developed in the world. The population of just over 9 million enjoys very good health. Sweden invests about 9 per cent of its GDP in health and medical services, a figure that has been fairly stable since the early 1980s. The infant mortality rate is less than 2.8 deaths per 1,000 in the first year of life and the average life expectancy is 78 years for men and 83 years for women. As Sweden has a population that is one of the oldest in the world, more than 5 percent are 80 years or older, there will be increasing demand for medical equipment and supplies, and longer medical treatments, to meet the health needs of an ageing population.
U.S. suppliers, dominating the import market, enjoy a good reputation. Major third-country competitors include Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.
The best sales potential during 2010-2012 for U.S. manufactured medical equipment is expected to be in the following areas:
Non-invasive surgical equipment
Orthopedic and prosthetic equipment
Home health care - equipment and supplies