MALTA - Medical Device Industry and Demographic Data

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

Currency: euro

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:
Government: 65%*
Private: 35%**

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.