Ambulatory Services Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Ambulatory Services Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Primary Care Offices, Emergency Departments, Surgical Specialty, Medical Specialty), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: May, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-731-5
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 140

Industry Insights

The global ambulatory services market size was valued at around USD 2,575 billion in 2017 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 6.0% over the forecast period. An increasing number of patients prefer outpatient care instead of inpatient care as it is cost-effective and does not require hospital stay. In addition, government initiatives & the availability of funding for ambulatory healthcare facilities are among factors anticipated to drive the market.

U.S. ambulatory services market

Growth in the demand for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), along with technological advancements, is anticipated to reduce hospital stay, which is expected to reduce healthcare expenditure. For example, the development of laparoscopy and endoscopy has reduced the need for hospital stay. In December 2016, Methodist Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) was opened in the U.S. It is an outpatient-based imaging center that delivers high-quality and cost-effective medical imaging to patients.

Governments are investing more in primary healthcare facilities to provide accessible medical care. In February 2016, reforms introduced by NHS, which involved the provision of increased funding to general physicians to ease the pressure on accident and emergency departments, boosted the prospects of Primary Healthcare Properties (PHP).

Furthermore, geographic expansion, mergers & acquisitions, product launches, and government initiatives, are among factors likely to boost the market during the forecast period. In January 2015, the Government of India announced its plan to increase healthcare spending to at least 2.5% of the GDP, thereby offering free primary care through public facilities. Through this initiative, the government is planning to increase the offerings of primary care services by including child health, reproductive diseases, and communicable & noncommunicable diseases.

Application Insights

Based on application, the ambulatory services market is segmented into primary care offices, emergency departments, surgical specialty, and medical specialty. Surgical specialty is subsegmented into orthopedics, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, plastic surgery, pain management, and others.

Primary care offices dominated in 2016 due to improved quality of care as well as the implementation of new technology such as computerized prescribing systems & Electronic Health Records (EHR). The implementation of EHR in rural areas and drug procurement have improved primary and follow-up care, thus reducing manual errors.  

Various collaborations among major players, governments, and private players to enhance the access of patients to treatment at low cost is expected to boost the ambulatory services market. For instance, in March 2015, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and United Surgical Partners International entered into a joint venture for ownership interests in 244 ambulatory surgery centers, 20 imaging centers, and 16 short-stay surgical hospitals in the U.S.

Surgical specialty is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period owing to increase in reimbursement, demand for minimally invasive procedures, and various collaborations & acquisitions. In December 2016, Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. (SCA) collaborated with Midwest Center for Day Surgery. This partnership is expected to expand SCA’s position as a provider of low-cost and high-quality surgeries in Chicago.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the ambulatory services market in 2016 by accounting for around 46% market share. This can be attributed to the high adoption of technologically advanced products, government initiatives, and mergers & acquisitions. For example, in January 2017, the company Envision Healthcare acquired Sunshine Radiology, LLC that has 35 physicians. This increased the company’s capacity to provide services to 80 healthcare ambulatory facilities and more than 55 hospitals in Florida.

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Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing region during the forecast period. Increase in the cost of healthcare, owing to increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases, growth in aging population, and increase in hospital readmission, has encouraged the expansion of outpatient centers, which is expected to drive the ambulatory services market. 

In January 2015, Sanofi acquired 20% stake of Apollo Sugar Clinics (diabetes care clinic) in India for USD 15.0 million. In China, the government encourages the use of mobile apps to decrease long waiting lines at outpatient centers. These apps provide online appointment and payment systems.

Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico are vital markets in Latin America, and Brazil dominated the market in 2016. In Latin America, clinics offer primary care, urgent care, and diagnostic & imaging services. Healthcare providers are expanding their services by collaborating with international players to increase their market share. In August 2014, the Regenerative Medicine Institute started ambulatory services for patients that do not require hospital stay, thus increasing the number of options for treatment settings.

Ambulatory Services Market Share Insights

Key market contributors are AmSurg Corp.; IntegraMed America, Inc.; Terveystalo; Aspen Healthcare; and Medical Facilities Corporation. In January 2017, merged companies Envision Healthcare and AmSurg Corp. acquired Emergency Professional Services, PC. The group has 20 advanced healthcare practitioners and 50 emergency medicine physicians. This acquisition includes two anesthesia groups, one emergency medical group, one radiology, and one neonatal group. This is expected to boost the service offerings of the company as well as deliver high-quality care to consumers and communities.

In September 2016, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, a subsidiary of Medical Facilities Corporation, signed an agreement to acquire Prairie States Surgical Center, L.L.C. The transaction was worth USD 19.95 million that will be paid over a span of 5 years. This acquisition was anticipated to boost the company’s growth in the field of orthopedic surgeries by enabling it to provide the highest quality of surgical and patient recovery care.

In April 2015, Nueterra acquired Benefit Management, Inc. (BMI) to help implement its new pay-for-value strategy that targets employers and payers based in the U.S. This acquisition will utilize the clientele of BMI in the Midwest and is aimed at providing high-quality healthcare services at lower costs by bringing together physicians and outpatient facilities under integrated networks

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                 

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, China, India, Australia, Thailand, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, & South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab emirates

Report coverage             

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, & country levels, and provides an analysis on industry trends in each of the subsegments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global ambulatory services market on the basis of type and region:

  • Type (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • Primary Care Offices

    • Emergency Departments

    • Surgical Specialty

      • Ophthalmology

      • Orthopedics

      • Gastroenterology

      • Pain Management/Spinal Injections

      • Plastic Surgery

      • Others

    • Medical Specialty

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • UK

      • France

      • Germany

      • Spain

      • Italy

      • Switzerland

      • Netherlands

      • Belgium

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • Australia

      • Thailand

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Colombia

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • United Arab Emirates

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