This ‘Stat of the day’ is a bit money-orientated, but I found it quite interesting. I’ve been looking at a 2010 report about the mobility equipment market and was staggered by some huge numbers.
The British Healthcare Trades Association reports some massive annual figures:
|Mobility products||£200 million|
|Community equipment (i.e. products to support ‘everyday’ tasks, such as hoists, standing frames, can openers standing frames)||£270 million|
|Pressure area care products||£105 million|
|Ortheses (i.e. support products that are applied ‘in addition to’ the body, such as braces and sole inserts)||£90 million|
|Prostheses (i.e. products used ‘in place of’ a part of the body, such as artificial limbs and hip replacements)||£55 million|
This market is big business! The report quotes other providers boasting much higher estimates up to £1.67 billion. One provider puts the market for powered wheelchairs and scooters alone at £800 million.
The Department for Health estimates that there are 7 million people who would benefit from community equipment. Of this number, 3 million would be supported by the State, meaning that 4 million people are potentially self-funding their equipment.