Medical Clothing Market Size & Share, by Product Type (Surgical Drapes, Scrubs & Gowns, Protective Apparels, Face Protection, Sterilization Warps); Usage (Patient, Medical Staff); End-user (Hospitals, Outpatient Facilities, Surgical Centers) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

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  • Published Date: Jul 08, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2033

Medical Clothing Market size is anticipated to generate USD 180.0 billion by the end of 2033, growing at a CAGR of approximately 8% through the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of medical clothing was about USD 100.0 billion. The growth of the market can primarily be ascribed to the increasing number of surgical cases all around the world. Surgical procedures such as spinal surgery and more occurring owing to accidents and diseases require medical clothing for sanitization and other procedures. As a result, the demand for medical clothing is expected to grow steadily projected in the upcoming years. Annually, around 310 million surgical procedures are carried out across the world.

In addition, the growth of the medical clothing market is likely to be propelled by higher usage of medical clothing during a pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, the United Nations delivered more than 6.4 million gloves, 1 million gowns, and 1.8 million surgical masks. Moreover, UNICEF estimates, the need for face shields grew to 8.8 million, and the use of goggles and surgical masks rise to 13 million and 2.2 million respectively.

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Medical Clothing Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Higher Prevalence of Zoonotic Disease

According to the World Health Organization, zoonotic diseases hold a 60% share of all emerging infectious diseases, in the last three decades, more than 30 newly emerged human pathogens are detected as zoonoses. Moreover, every year around 1 billion individuals die of zoonoses.

  • Higher Investment and Expenditure on Healthcare 

The surge in healthcare expenditure has accelerated the manufacturing of medical clothing at a rapid pace to facilitate their use at every healthcare facility. For instance, the World Bank estimates that worldwide health spending contributed to 9.83% of global GDP in 2019.

  • Growth of Hospitals Across the Globe

In 2019, there were around 1300 hospitals in Australia, nearly 11,000 hospitals in Colombia, and approximately 3000 hospitals in Germany.


  • Allergy to Latex-Made Medical Clothing
  • Stringent Government's Rules & Regulation on the Manufacturing
  • Lack of Skilled Professionals — A lack of medical professionals is anticipated to push the population further away from using medical clothing. The absence of proper training and investments made in grooming individuals for using medical clothing makes it more difficult to adopt medical clothing in the healthcare sector.

Medical Clothing Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 100.0 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

~ USD 180.0 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Medical Clothing Segmentation

Product Type (Surgical Drapes, Scrubs & Gowns, Protective Apparel, Face Protection, Sterilization Warps)

The face protection segment in the medical clothing market is projected to grow at a share of about 40% by the end of 2033. The growth of the segment can be accounted for the rising cases of COVID-19 that have prompted people to use face masks to prevent the infection from reaching their bodies. Moreover, doctors and nurses were constantly in need of face protection and medical clothes while treating patients. According to UNICEF, to support the countries, more than 400 ‘million medical masks were supplied by UNICEF in 2020. Furthermore, every ‘month around 129 billion disposable masks are used worldwide.

Usage (Patient, Medical Staff)

The medical staff segment in the medical clothing market is poised to generate a share of approximately 70% over the forecast period. Hospitals are being manufactured at a rapid pace worldwide which has spurred the requirement for a huge medical workforce. For instance, as per the reported data, there will be around 10 million health workers working the healthcare facilities by 2030, especially in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:



   Product Type

  • Surgical Drapes
  • Scrubs & Gowns
  • Protective Apparels
  • Face Protection
  • Sterilization Warps


  • Patient
  • Medical Staff


   End User

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Facilities
  • Surgical Centers

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Medical Clothing Industry- Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The market for medical clothing in North America is poised to generate the highest revenue of about USD 70 Billion with a share of 30 % by the end of 2033. The growth of the market can be ascribed to the presence of developed healthcare infrastructure in the region. As the number of hospitals rises, it also expands the size of medical staff, which results in a higher ‘demand for medical clothing. As of 2022, the total number of hospitals in the United States was estimated to be approximately 6000, out of which, nearly 3000 of them were noticed to be located in urban areas, and nearly 1700 of them were stated to be rural community hospitals.

APAC Market Analysis

The market in Asia Pacific for medical clothing is slated to have significant growth over the forecast period. The growth market in this region is set to grow on account of the region's growing population awareness regarding safety and sanitary issues as a result of improved healthcare infrastructure and both. Another factor driving the expansion is the key Asian market participants' growing focus on apparel products. 

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Companies Dominating the Medical Clothing Landscape

    • Molnlycke Health Care AB
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance
      • Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Cardinal Health, Inc.
    • Medline Industries, Inc.
    • Owens & Minor, Inc.
    • 3M Company
    • Barco Uniforms, Inc.
    • Superior Group of Companies, Inc.
    • Semperit AG Holding
    • Herida Healthcare Limited


In The News

  • Owens & Minor, Inc. announced the acquisition of Apria, Inc. with cash on hand to enhance the services to be provided at hospitals and home bases hospital services. The acquisition took place to enhance portfolios of company’s products for patients with chronic and non-chronic conditions and to enlarge the distribution model along with advance product delivery.
  • Barco Uniforms, Inc., leading company in premium healthcare apparel industry, announced the launch of digital platform, This platform aims to initiate their e-commerce sales and focuses on digital transformation. is the online retail shop that also provides more information about the Barco scrubs and makes the purchasing process more convenient for the busy healthcare professionals.


Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

  • Report ID: 4543
  • Published Date: Jul 08, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The major factors driving the growth of the market are rise in medical procedures being carried out worldwide, higher prevalence of zoonotic disease, higher investment and expenditure on healthcare, and others.

The market size of medical clothing is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033.

The major players in the market are Molnlycke Health Care AB, Cardinal Health, Inc., Medline Industries, Inc., Owens & Minor, Inc. and others.

The medical staff segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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