North America Wheelchair Market Size, Share & Trends Report

North America Wheelchair Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Hospitals, Homecare, ASCs), By Product (Manual, Electric), By Category Type, By Country, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Jul, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-296-9
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 100

Report Overview

The North America wheelchair market size was valued at USD 943.1 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% from 2021 to 2028. The growing geriatric population in the U.S., which requires long-term care, the availability of technologically improved products, and the rising demand for home healthcare services and staff are all driving the industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted and impacted the wheelchair manufacturing companies’ operations and businesses, and may continue further, due to government-imposed mandated closures, work-from-home orders, and social distancing guidelines, as well as voluntary facility closures. The government’s policy to the COVID-19 pandemic is still changing and evolving.

North America wheelchair market size, by product, 2016 - 2028 (USD Million)

As a result, the countries where the products are manufactured and distributed are still subject to different regulations. These issues may be faced by suppliers and consumers, resulting in continuing supply chain disruption and reduced customer demand. The growing geriatric population, high prevalence of impairment among people of various age groups, and the need for assistance and care are expected to drive the market. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the overall population of the country would increase by 400 million by 2050.

By 2030, the government estimates that more than 20% of the U.S. population would consist of individuals aged over 65 years, a 50% increase compared to the population in 2010. Mobility-related impairment is the third most common ailment in Canada, implying that the market for wheelchairs and assisted mobility equipment is projected to expand. The Assistive Devices Program, which operates in cities, such as Ontario, assists with the cost of manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and power scooters. 75% of the cost of mobility aids is covered under this program, and the rest 25% is paid by the consumer.

The Canadian market is expected to grow due to technological advancements, the rising cases of disability, and government initiatives for assistive devices. The market is also driven by the rising obesity among people in the U.S. According to the Bureau’s Population Bulletin, obesity among people aged over 60 years is rapidly rising in the U.S., with a rate of around 41% from 2015 to 2016. Obesity, which impairs the musculoskeletal system, is one of the primary reasons for handicapped mobility. To meet this need, major manufacturers, such as Invacare, Sunrise Medical, and Carex, offer a variety of heavy-duty bariatric wheelchairs.

Product Insights

The manual product segment dominated the market with a revenue share of more than 60% in 2020. The manual wheelchair is the most common type of mobility assistive device that assists the disabled and geriatric population. According to the WHO, over 610 million (10%) people worldwide have disabilities, with approximately 10% (61 million) of them using wheelchairs. Around 20% of women and 17% of men in the U.S. have some form of disability, indicating that one out of every four American women is disabled.

The electric product segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth rate of over 8% from 2021 to 2028. Electric wheelchair manufacturing is witnessing numerous technological innovations. This growth can be ascribed to the fact that electric or power chairs offer significant levels of independence and comfort, as well as the opportunity to travel without the assistance of a second person around the clock.

Category Type Insights

The adult category type segment dominated the market with the largest revenue share of over 84% in 2020. This is due to the fact that the majority of disabled people in the U.S. are between the ages of 18 and 65 years. According to the CDC, 61 million (26%) adults in the U.S. have a disability, with 13.7% of those disabilities being mobility-related. Mobility impairment is the most frequent type of functional disability among adults in the U.S.

Furthermore, the proportion of the population aged 65 years and above is projected to increase from roughly 12% (35 million) in 2000 to nearly 20% (71 million) by 2030, implying that demand for adult wheelchairs or mobility-assistive equipment will certainly rise in the future. According to the CDC, by 2023, people over the age of 65 years will outnumber children, resulting in a rise in total disability in the country. Moreover, most of the leading manufacturers provide a greater number of mobility equipment for adults. These factors are expected to drive the segment growth over the forecast period.

Application Insights

The rehabilitation centers application segment led the global market in 2020 with the largest revenue share of more than 34% of the global revenue share in 2020. This is largely owing to the fact that mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs, are mostly utilized as a part of rehabilitation programs for those recovering from surgery or injury. On the basis of application, the market has been divided into rehabilitation centers, hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), and home care.

North America wheelchair market share, by application, 2020 (%)

The hospitals application segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth rate of more than 8% over the forecast period due to growing patient visits in these healthcare settings. The main objective of hospitals is to stabilize a patient, not to offer long-term care. As a result, a person with a temporary or permanent impairment must get a doctor’s prescription to purchase a wheelchair and receive Medicare benefits.

Country Insights

The U.S. dominated the global market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 90.0% in 2020. According to the CDC, about 61 million people in the U.S. were suffering from various disabilities, with the highest percentage in the South region. Since more than 13.7% of the disabled population has mobility issues, the market for wheelchairs is expected to rise over the projected period. In addition, favorable government programs to assist the target population are also fueling the market growth. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Rehabilitation Act provide people with disabilities with job protection, additional health treatment options for long-term support and services, and access to high-quality and affordable care.

The presence of a large number of market players is likely to benefit the regional market. For instance, Luci, a U.S.-based smart wheelchair startup, was formed in 2017 to improve a product that would offer power wheelchair users unparalleled safety and mobility. It evolves into a navigator for the users who map their surroundings and the sensor-fusion system integrates information from cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and radar to provide a 360-degree image of the world. In December 2020, Numotion, a mobility product provider, and Luci struck a national distribution deal. Numotion was the first distributor of Luci’s hardware and software in the U.S.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Market players are undertaking various strategic initiatives, such as the signing of the new partnership agreement, collaborations, mergers & acquisitions, and geographic expansions, to enhance their product portfolio, improve manufacturing capacities, and gain a competitive advantage. For example, in June 2020, GF Health Products, Inc. acquired Gendron, Inc, which is a leading designer and manufacturer of mobile patient management devices, in the U.S. This acquisition will assist the company in expanding its operations in the U.S. Some of the prominent players in the North America wheelchair market include:

  • Karman Healthcare, Inc.

  • Carex Health Brands, Inc.

  • Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Quantum Rehab

  • GF Health Products, Inc.

North America Wheelchair Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market Size value in 2021

USD1.0 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 1.7 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 7.9% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation

2020

Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, category, application, country

Regional scope

North America

Country scope

U.S.; Canada

Key companies profiled

Karman Healthcare, Inc.; Carex Health Brands, Inc.; Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing; Medline Industries, Inc.; Quantum Rehab; GF Health Products, Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at regional and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the North America wheelchair market report based on product, category, application, and country:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Manual

    • Electric

  • Category (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Adult

    • Pediatric

  • Application (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Homecare

    • Hospitals

    • Ambulatory Surgical Centers

    • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Country Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • U.S.

    • Canada

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