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Medical Equipment






(Jan-Sept only)

2011 (est.)

Total Market Size





Total Local Production





Total Exports





Total Imports




(289 full-year est.)


Imports from the U.S.





In USD Millions. Comparing with the previous years the above unofficial estimates have been recalculated based on corrected data of Kazakhstan customs data and industry sources.

Kazakhstan’s healthcare sector accounted for 3.2% of overall GDP in 2010. Government priorities in the healthcare sector include developing the country’s primary healthcare networks, improving its public health administration system, providing expanded medical personnel training, enhancing mother and child health services, and emphasizing preventive measures such as diagnostics, treatment of social diseases, and patient rehabilitation. Approximately $2.75 billion was allocated to Kazakhstan’s healthcare sector from the 2010 budget, which exceeds the 2009 figure by 35%.

According to industry experts, the impact of the financial crisis was minimal in 2010 and there was an insignificant decrease in government financing for medical equipment. There is almost no production of medical equipment in Kazakhstan and the government recognizes the need to replace obsolete equipment, which comprises approximately 80% of the medical equipment currently being used in the country’s public hospitals. 85% of medical equipment in Kazakhstan is purchased by the public sector. Most procurement for public healthcare institutions is done through government-organized tenders.

From 2009 to 2010, the market for medical equipment in Kazakhstan increased by an estimated 14%, with almost all of the medical equipment imported (90%). Medical equipment imports from 2009 to 2010 increased by 13%, reaching an estimated $289 million. The U.S. market share was 5% in 2009, valued at almost $13 million. For the first nine months of 2010, imports of U.S. equipment reached an estimated $15.2 million - 7% of total imports. America’s closest competitors are Russia, Germany, and Japan. Local production of medical equipment in 2010 accounted for only 8.5% of the total market.

Best Products/Services

The best sales potential for U.S. medical equipment is expected to be in the following areas:

  • electro-medical diagnostic and therapy equipment,
  • diagnostic imaging with a special emphasis on X-ray equipment and supplies,
  • surgical supplies,
  • equipment for cardio surgery,
  • cardiac rhythm management and interventional cardiology equipment,
  • medical lasers,
  • chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and oncology markers,
  • neurosurgery equipment,
  • endoscopes,
  • dental equipment and supplies,
  • laboratory equipment, and
  • test kits including HIV/AIDS blood testing sets.


Construction of facilities for production of medical equipment and devices is not included in the State program for the industrial innovation development of Kazakhstan for 2010-2014. This means that the market will badly be in need of imported medical devices and equipment. Local producers of medical equipment will in no way be able to fully supply the market with necessary equipment and there are no means to rapidly develop a strong local industry in the near term. Currently, there are about 60 companies in Kazakhstan registered as producers of medical equipment. Most of the “so-named” producers are small businesses with very insignificant production volumes.

The Ministry of Health continues to work on the introduction of telemedicine and mobile medicine in the country’s rural regions. The goal of the project is to improve diagnostics and treatment in rural hospitals, improve access to quality healthcare for rural citizens, and further the professional development of medical personnel.

In June 2008, the government of Kazakhstan established the National Medical Holding. A joint stock company wholly owned by the government, the company comprises seven separate entities that include Kazakhstan Medical Academy, National Center for Maternal and Child Health, National Research Center for Emergency Care, Republican Center for Medical Rehabilitation, National Center for Neurosurgery, Republican Diagnostic Center and National Research Center for Cardiac Surgery. The mission of the National Medical Holding is to introduce international standards of quality and safety of care and to ensure financial sustainability and growth. The holding’s priorities and goals include the following:

  • consolidation and efficiency of management processes,
  • creation of a comprehensive hospital information system,
  • development and integration of electronic patient records,
  • establishment of RIS/PACS system, and
  • design of financial and operational modules such as accounting, treasury, human resources, inventory management and purchasing.

In January 2008, the World Bank approved a $117.7 million loan for the Kazakhstan Health Sector Technology Transfer and Institutional Reform Project which will be implemented by 2013 (based on unofficial data of the Ministry of Health). The total project cost is $296 million, with $178.4 million being co-financed by the Government of Kazakhstan. The project will help introduce international standards and build long-term institutional capacity in the Ministry of Health and related healthcare institutions in support of key health sector reforms pursued by the government. The project components include:

  • Health Information System Development ($188.6 million)
  • Health Care Quality Improvement ($59.9 million)
  • Health Financing and Management ($20.2 million)
  • Reform of Medical Education and Medical Science ($9.4 million)
  • Food Safety and WTO Accession ($8.7 million)
  • Project Management ($4.6 million)
  • Pharmaceutical Policy Reform ($4.2 million)

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