The Medical Device Market: Cuba

The Medical Device Market: Cuba

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Cuba does not publish economic data in any detail, and what is published rarely conforms to international standards. Raul Castro is more open to liberalising the economy whilst still retaining communist values. BMI values GDP at US$79.2bn in 2013, equal to US$7,044 per capita. Growth in recent years has been moderate, maintained in part by strong prices for raw material exports and subsidised oil from Venezuela. Cuba has consistently blamed the USA for its poor economic performance, citing the US trade embargo as a major cause of its continuing poverty. The US response has been that Cuba's communist economic system is to blame, and that only internal reform will improve the situation. Both sides are almost certainly correct, adding to the intractability of US-Cuban relations. Venezuela and China have become important trade partners, but the USSR was the principal trading partner prior to the late 1980s. The Soviet Union was eager to maintain a communist foothold in the area, and provided large amounts of aid to Cuba. This ended abruptly when the USSR collapsed. The Cuban economy collapsed with it, by official estimates shrinking by 34.8% during the 1990-1993 period.

The medical device market is heavily reliant on imports but, Raul Castro, who came to power in February 2008, has made a consolidated effort to cut import expenditure. In US dollar terms, imports for the latest 12 months to March 2013 rose by 2.3% over the previous 12 months, reaching US$81.6mn. Diagnostic imaging grew the fastest at 71.1%, followed by patient aids (58.1%) and orthopaedics & prosthetics (4.1%). Dental products, however, experienced the highest fall, at -37.6%, followed by other medical devices (-17.5%) and consumables (-10.0%). Relations between the USA and Cuba are marginally warmer. That said, US companies cannot directly supply the market because of the trade embargo. The US embargo does
not really hurt Cuba because alternative products are available from other countries, particularly from China and the EU-27 countries.

Cuba usually exports a small amount of medical devices, although the amount fluctuates each year. The reason for the fluctuating export level is the rise and fall in exports to Venezuela. In US dollar terms, medical device exports for the latest 12 months to March 2013 rose by 48.3% over the previous 12 months, reaching US$17.5mn. Consumables and other medical devices had strong growth, whilst the remaining export product areas registered high falls. Comparatively, Cuba registered the highest export level in 2006, when US$104.6mn was exported, mostly to Venezuela.

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Table of Contents

Espicom Industry View
Espicom Industry View
SWOT
Medical Device Market
Industry Forecast
Medical Device Market Forecast
Past Performance 2008-2013
Future Performance 2013-2018
Table: Projected Medical Device Market, 2013-2018
Table: Detailed Medical Device Market By Product Area, 2008-2018 (US$mn)
Table: Detailed Medical Device Market By Product Area, 2008-2018 (US$ Per Capita)
Table: Detailed Medical Device Market By Product Area, 2008-2018 (% Of Total)
Table: Detailed Medical Device Market By Product Area, 2009-2018 (US$mn, % Change)
Consumables Market Forecast
Table: Consumables Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn)
Table: Consumables Market, 2008-2018 (US$ Per Capita)
Table: Consumables Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn % Change)
Diagnostic Imaging Market Forecast
Table: Diagnostic Imaging Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn)
Table: Diagnostic Imaging Market, 2008-2018 (US$ Per Capita)
Table: Diagnostic Imaging Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn % Change)
Dental Products Market Forecast
Table: Dental Products Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn)
Table: Dental Products Market, 2008-2018 (US$ Per Capita)
Table: Dental Products Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn % Change)
Orthopaedics & Prosthetics Market Forecast
Table: Orthopaedics & Prosthetics Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn)
Table: Orthopaedics & Prosthetics Market, 2008-2018 (US$ Per Capita)
Table: Orthopaedics & Prosthetics Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn % Change)
Patient Aids Market Forecast
Table: Patient Aids Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn)
Table: Patient Aids Market, 2008-2018 (US$ Per Capita)
Table: Patient Aids Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn % Change)
Other Medical Devices Market Forecast
Table: Other Medical Devices Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn)
Table: Other Medical Devices Market, 2008-2018 (US$ Per Capita)
Table: Other Medical Devices Market, 2008-2018 (US$mn % Change)
Annual Medical Device Imports
Table: Medical Device Imports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (US$000s)
Table: Medical Device Imports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (US$000s, % Change)
Table: Medical Device Imports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (Local Currency 000s)
Table: Medical Device Imports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (Local Currency 000s, % Change)
Cuba Medical Devices Report Q1

Table: Medical Device Imports by Product Area, 2007-2011 (% Distribution)
Table: Leading Medical Device Suppliers By Product Area, 2011 (US$000s)
Table: Leading Medical Device Suppliers By Product Area, 2011 (% Distribution)
Table: Top 20 Medical Device Suppliers, 2011 (US$000s)
Table: Detailed Medical Device Imports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (US$000s)
Table: Detailed Medical Device Import Trends By Product Area, 2011
Table: Detailed Leading Medical Device Suppliers By Product Area, 2011 (US$000s)
Monthly Medical Device Imports
Table: Monthly Medical Device Imports By Product Area, December 2010 - June 2013 (US$mn)
Annual Medical Device Exports
Table: Medical Device Exports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (US$000s)
Table: Medical Device Exports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (US$000s, % Change)
Table: Medical Device Exports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (Local Currency 000s)
Table: Medical Device Exports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (Local Currency 000s, % Change)
Table: Medical Device Exports By Product Area, 2007-2011 (% Distribution)
Table: Leading Medical Device Destinations By Product Area, 2011 (US$000s)
Table: Leading Medical Device Destinations By Product Area, 2011 (% Distribution)
Table: Top 20 Medical Device Destinations, 2011 (US$000s)