You will find some basic demographic and economic data for Malta shown below, plus information specific to the medical device and healthcare industry.
Capital city: Valletta
Total area: 316 km²
Population: 0.4 million
Language: Maltese, English
Structure of population:
0-14 years: 15%
15-64 years: 71%
65 years and over: 15% (2011 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
Male: 78 years
Female: 82 years
Healthcare expenditures total (% of GDP): 8.5%
Healthcare expenditures per capita: $1697 (USD)
Expenditures on healthcare:
Number of hospitals: 9 (2006 data)
Healthcare financing: Since 1999 global budgets are being directly allocated to individual hospitals budgets calculated on a historical basis. Physicians in primary health care and hospitals are salaried civil servants.
Medical device industry: Malta is the smallest consumer of medical devices in the EU and represents 0.05 % of the total EU consumption. The medical device market is estimated at $19 million in 2006. The market growth is expected to increase by 3% per year and reach $22 million by 2011. Malta has a trade surplus ($32.4 million in 2003) which is due to the manufacturing base of Baxter International. Opportunity: The ongoing government policy of refurbishing the island's hospitals.
* Government expenditures include all spending on healthcare passed through governmental agencies regardless of the funding source. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.
** Private healthcare expenditures include private medical insurance, direct out-of-pocket payments by the consumer and other non-governmental sources. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.