The global pediatric wheelchair market was estimated at USD 1.92 billion in 2021 and it is expected to surpass around USD 3.5 billion by 2030, poised to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2022 to 2030
Pediatric wheelchairs are equipment that can be used to move a patient while another person pushes behind. There are many different features and attachments available for chairs, including cup holders, footrests, armrests, bags, totes, and pouches.
The market is anticipated to grow as a result of the rise in pediatric disabilities, the use of wheelchairs in pediatric rehabilitation centers in emerging nations, and advancement in wheelchair technology. Moreover, the availability of reimbursement for such devices and assistance from humanitarian organizations are expected further drive the market. For instance, according to UNICEF, in 2021, over 134,000 children with disabilities were provided with assistive devices, disability-inclusive products, and emergency kits through UNICEF-supported programs across 81 countries.
The onset of the pandemic adversely affected the medical devices supply chain. Children with disabilities were more prone to the impacts of COVID-19, as outlined by the Secretary-General of the WHO in his policy brief A Disability-Inclusive Response to COVID-19. However, all those months witnessed high demand for patient transportation in-home care and other healthcare facilities as the disabled population was more vulnerable to COVID-19 and was forced to stay at home. Though the medical devices supply chain was affected badly and it was difficult to meet the increased demand, the industry managed to meet the demand successfully.
Scope of The Report
|Market Size in 2021||USD 1.92 billion|
|Revenue Forecast by 2030||USD 3.5 billion|
|Growth rate from 2022 to 2030||CAGR of 6.9%
|Forecast Period||2022 to 2030|
|Segmentation||Product type, frame type, application, region
|Companies Covered||MEYRA GmbH; Sunrise Medical; SORG Rollstuhltechnik GmbH; Invacare; Momentum Healthcare; Permobil; AKCES-MED sp.z.; Medline; Drive Medical; Numotion; Carex Health; Pride Mobility|
Product Type Insights
Manual wheelchairs held the largest revenue share of over 50.06% in 2021 owing to their easy use, lightweight, and ability to pack up and transport. The segment is expected to grow substantially due to the increased frequency of use and advancement in the manual wheelchairs category. On the other hand, an electric wheelchair has various alternative controls in addition to being operated with just one finger. As a result, even someone with significantly diminished physical ability can utilize a wheelchair. In the case of pediatrics, the wheelchair is handled by some adult person and hence, manual wheelchairs are more preferred.
Manual wheelchairs are comparatively cheaper than electric wheelchairs. An advanced electric wheelchair typically costs between USD 3,500 and USD 7,000, compared to USD 300 and USD 1,500 for a manual wheelchair. As per Physiopedia, manual chairs are mostly preferred for use among the pediatric population as they can be used for self-mobility, however, patients also base their wheelchair purchase decision depending on whether the wheelchair is required for outdoor or indoor mobility.
Frame Type Insights
The rigid frame-type wheelchairs segment dominated the market with a revenue share of over 50.2% in 2021. Foldable wheelchairs are expected to expand at the highest CAGR over the forecast period owing to their easy accessibility, portability, and frame style. There are two frame types of wheelchairs: rigid and foldable.
Since foldable wheelchairs have a frame folding mechanism, they are heavier in weight than rigid wheelchairs. The rigid wheelchairs allow for minimal accessibility constraints and the continuation of an active lifestyle for the patient. They are also more comfortable as compared to foldable wheelchairs and have variety in their style. In terms of mobility, rigid wheelchairs are good compared to foldable wheelchairs. Due to moving parts and higher flexion and torsion inside the frame, folding frame designs typically have poorer inherent performance characteristics. However, while traveling, foldable wheelchairs are easily portable and come in very handy when traveling outdoors.
The others segment dominated the market with a revenue share of over 40.12% in 2021. The rise in wheelchair-related medical emergencies is associated with this growth. The need for wheelchairs is increased by the post-surgical procedures. These chairs are mostly utilized in hospitals for patient transportation and a trip to the doctor's office in a sizable medical facility. Many organizations help patients by providing devices and products. According to UNICEF, in 2021, over 134,000 children with disabilities were provided with assistive devices, disability-inclusive products, and emergency kits through UNICEF-supported programs across 81 countries. Pediatric wheelchairs are primarily used at hospitals, home care, and others like ambulatory surgical centers and rehabilitation centers.
The home care segment is expected to expand at a lucrative CAGR of 7.4% over the forecast period owing to the increasing adoption of wheelchairs at home. The adoption of wheelchairs at home has increased because of increasing disabilities. In addition, wheelchairs are available in different types and at different rates through online channels and these channels also offer discounts with comparison features to allow consumers to make the right purchasing decision, which might further boost their demand. Increasing disposable income and the availability of various types will help the market grow.
North America dominated the market with a revenue share of over 30.3% in 2021. The presence of major players, the high prevalence of physical impairment in the area, and the well-established healthcare infrastructure are some of the main reasons behind the industry growth. These factors are also responsible for the region’s sizable stake in the market. Additional factors anticipated to boost market expansion include advantageous government efforts and a rise in research partnership numbers. The U.S. has the largest stake in this region thanks to favorable healthcare policies, a large patient population, and a mature healthcare market.
The Asia Pacific region is expected to grow over the forecast period owing to the amount of workforce available, a rise in public healthcare spending, increased population, and children with disabilities. Additionally, it is projected that the market would grow due to the rising disabilities among children, the availability of reimbursement from insurance companies, and charitable international organizations like the United Nations Population Fund, which aims to assist these countries in formulating and putting national programs and policies into effect. Furthermore, rising disposable income and continued R&D efforts by significant regional companies to create cutting-edge items are anticipated to support the market growth throughout the ensuing years.
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