RUSSIA – Overview of medical device industry and healthcare statistics

Below you will find basic demographic and healthcare market data on Russia, plus specific information about the medical device and healthcare industries.

Overview of medical device industry: The medical device market is one of the fastest-growing industries in Russia. In 2014, the Russian market was valued at US$4.2 billion. Demand for medical devices is expected to grow as the quality of healthcare in Russia improves, which is a major objective for Russian authorities.

The Russian government is the primary buyer of medical technology, as major hospitals are federally owned and operated. The domestic manufacturing industry is very small yet the Russian government prioritizes domestic products over imported devices when making purchasing decisions. Access to the government procurement, or tender, system is the key to market success in Russia.

Opportunities in the Russian market: Even though the government is trying to grow the domestic device industry, the Russian healthcare system still relies on imports. Most high-tech and innovative products are imported from Europe and the United States. Diagnostics, cardiovascular, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and urology equipment and technology are in the highest demand.

Industry challenges in Russia: The medical device registration process in Russia is the biggest obstacle for foreign manufacturers. The process can be expensive, especially because Russian regulators rely on device testing as a major factor determining device approvals. Regulations themselves change frequently and without warning, and are only available in Russian. It’s important to work with an experienced regulatory partner to help you navigate medical device regulations in this market.

How Russia compares to other markets









Primary language(s)


Chinese, Mandarin


Total healthcare spending

$127 billion

$574 billion

$3 trillion

Healthcare expenditures total (% of GDP)




Healthcare expenditures per capita

$893 (USD)

$420 (USD)

$9403 (USD)

Expenditures on healthcare

Government: 42%
Private: 58%

Government: 56%
Private: 44%

Government: 48%
Private: 52%

Size of medical device market (USD)

$4.2 billion (USD)

$8.7 billion (USD)

$147.7 billion (USD)

Number of hospital beds

9.7 per 1000 people

3.8 per 1000 people

2.9 per 1000 people

Age distribution

0-14 years: 17%
15-64 years: 69%
65 years and over: 14% (2016 est.)

0-14 years: 17%
15-64 years: 73%
65 years and over: 10% (2015 est.)

0-14 years: 19%
15-64 years: 66%
65 years and over: 15% (2015 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

Male: 65 years
Female: 77 years

Male: 73 years
Female: 78 years

Male: 77 years
Female: 82 years


Russian ruble (₽)

Renminbi yuan (¥)

US dollar ($)

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