Sales growth in the medical device industry has declined over the previous year. This is clear from the current autumn survey of the German Medical Technology Association (BVMed). Accordingly, revenue growth has averaged 4.4 percent in 2012, whereas the year before the figure was 5.3 percent.
Especially in Germany, there was some stagnation, while the exports performed well in foreign markets. The association claims that some companies suppressed to the enormous price pressure caused by cooperative purchasing and procurement. Moreover, there was a sharp rise in commodity prices charged and higher debts.
„Germany is indeed judged as still overwhelmingly positive. There are, however, increasingly low reimbursement rates and an anti-innovative policy of health insurance,“ said BVMed Director Joachim Schmitt. (Quote translated by kon.media)
Despite this difficult economic situation, the medical technology industry in Germany is a job creator. Nearly 60 percent of companies have created jobs. Overall, the sector employs over 175,000 people in Germany.
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