BMI View: The merger of China's new rural cooperative medical scheme with its urban residents basic medical insurance scheme will reshape the country's healthcare landscape. This will have important ramifications for the pharmaceutical industry as reimbursement models shift correspondingly. While this perpetuates the shifting dynamics within China in 2016, the long-term impacts are positive - expanding the depth of coverage to more patients and improving the system's financial sustainability.
Headline Expenditure Projections
Pharmaceuticals: CNY687bn (USD107bn) in 2015 to CNY770bn (USD115bn) by 2016; +12% in local currency terms and +7.1% in USD terms.
Healthcare: CNY4,078bn (USD639bn) in 2015 to CNY4,628bn (USD693bn) in 2015; +13.5% in local currency and +9.6% in USD terms.
|e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: WHO, National Sources, BMI|
|Pharmaceutical sales, USDbn||98.751||107.806||115.459||125.433||138.112||152.429||167.440|
|Pharmaceutical sales, % of GDP||0.95||0.99||1.03||1.07||1.09||1.11||1.12|
|Pharmaceutical sales, % of health expenditure||16.9||16.9||16.7||16.4||16.0||15.5||15.0|
|Health spending, USDbn||583.309||639.502||693.422||766.894||864.203||981.164||1,114.245|
In Q216, China is amongst the most attractive countries according to our Pharmaceutical Risk/Reward Index. The country scores 64.0 out of 100 and is ranked sixth amongst 19 other Asia Pacific countries. Key to China's strong score is its high market expenditure, high sector value growth and policy continuity. The only limiting factors come from the country's business transparency and limited legal diligence.
In December 2015, the government announced that it intends to merge the country's public health insurance schemes for rural and urban residents.
That same month, political advisors proposed to the Chinese government that red tape affecting the development of generic drugs be cut and that quality standards be strengthened.
In January 2016, Johnson & Johnson announced that it has licensed rights from Sino Biopharmaceutical to develop, manufacture and sell a treatment that focuses on liver diseases.
BMI Economic View
China's real GDP growth slowed to 6.9% y-o-y in Q315, its slowest pace since Q109, as manufacturing and construction activity continued to act as a drag. However, strong growth in the tertiary sector suggests that the country's nascent rebalancing is making progress, and robust household income growth has also been a silver lining to China's slowdown.
BMI Political View
Chinese President Xi Jinping's status as China's most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping stems from his ability to elicit broad-based support from various factions and powerbases within the party.
The China Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Report features BMI Research's forecasts for drugs and healthcare expenditure and imports and exports, focusing on the growth outlook for the prescription, OTC, patented drugs and generics market segments.
BMI's China Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Report provides industry professionals, strategists, company executives, investors, analysts and sales/marketing heads with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the China pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.
- Benchmark BMI's pharmaceutical and healthcare market forecasts for China, to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Chinese pharmaceutical and healthcare market.
- Target business opportunities and risks in the Chinese pharmaceutical and healthcare sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in China.
- Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors using our company profiles (including SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity) and competitive landscape tables.
BMI Industry View
An at-a-glance perspective on the latest regulatory developments, key forecast indicators and major corporate developments, covering the prescription, OTC and generics markets. The pharmaceuticals and healthcare SWOT outlines strategic factors that affect the basic assumptions underpinning BMI’s forecast analysis, and taken together with BMI’s political, economic and business environment SWOTs, it gives a complete overview of market climate.
BMI Industry Forecast Scenario
Industry forecasts to end-2019 for all key indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts:
- Healthcare: Total healthcare expenditure (USDbn), healthcare expenditure (% of GDP), healthcare expenditure per capita (USD), hospital beds, doctors, and birth & mortality rates (all per ‘000 population).
- Pharmaceutical Market: Drug expenditure in USDbn, % of GDP and per capita (USD).
- Patented Drug Market: Prescription drug sales (USDbn & % of total sales).
- Generic Drug Market: Generic product sales (USDbn), generic sales (% of total sales).
- OTC Drug Market: OTC sales (USDbn & % of total sales).
- Macroeconomic Forecasts: Nominal and real GDP, % real GDP growth, % private consumption growth, % industrial output growth, % consumer price index, % GDP price deflator, exports, imports, trade balance, current account balance, foreign direct investment, exchange rate against USD, government expenditure and external debt.
BMI’s Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Risk Reward Index
BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (both national and multinational) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of the market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.
A snapshot of key market characteristics, including total size of the pharmaceuticals and healthcare segments, growth drivers, leading therapeutic areas and the competitive landscape
A focus on government healthcare reforms, epidemiological trends, mergers and acquisitions, product launches, market entries, FDI activity, R&D, biotechnology, clinical trials and supply chain issues.
Details of the industry regulatory framework and key legislation covering the licensing of new products/services, pricing and reimbursements, intellectual property, taxation and advertising, as well as analysis of the overall regulatory burden.
The competitive landscape section provides comparative company analyses and index by USD sales and % share of total sales – for the total pharmaceutical sector, as well as the OTC, generics and distribution sub-sectors.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.
*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.