Medical Clothing Market

Analysis by Product Type (Surgical Drapes, Scrubs & Gowns, Protective Apparels, Face Protection, Sterilization Wraps, and Others); by Usages (Patients and Medical Staff); and by End User (Hospitals, Outpatient Facilities, Surgical Centers, and Others)– Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023-2033

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Global Medical Clothing Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2033

The global medical clothing market is estimated to garner a revenue of ~USD 180.0 billion by the end of 2033 by growing at a CAGR of ~8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033. Further, the market generated a revenue of ~USD 100.0 billion in the year 2022. The growth of the market can primarily be ascribed to increasing number of surgical cases all around the world. The surgical procedures 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. According to the World Health Organization, more than 2 million procedures were performed in 2018 across the world. Furthermore, the number of cases in need of surgical procedures are expected to rise by approximately 30%.

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Global medical clothing market trends such as, infection contamination among population owing to zoonosis is anticipated to elevate the market growth over the forecast period. According to scientific estimation, 3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in humans and more than 6 out of every 10 recognized infectious diseases in humans can be transmitted from animals. 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 to grew to 8.8 million and the use of goggles and surgical mask is to rise to 13 million and 2.2 million respectively.

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Global Medical Clothing Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 100 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

~ USD 180 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 Middle East and Africa)

Global Medical Clothing Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rise in Surgical Procedures Being Carried Out Worldwide - Nearly, 11% of the health problem and issues specifically need surgical care. Annually, around 310 million surgical procedures are carried out across the world.

Owing to the rising unhealthy lifestyle, the number of diseases, both acute and chronic, has been growing steadily, which increases the demand for medical clothing. Therefore, is expected to bring lucrative growth opportunities for the market in the assessment period. Also, the rising geriatric cases, and increased cases of accidents are also expected to rise the number of surgical procedures, which is projected to bolster the global medical clothing market.

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

  • Higher Investment and Expenditure on Healthcare – 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.

  • Pervasion of COVID-19 Among the Population - As of October 2022, the World Health Organization reported about 630 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

  • Rise in Number 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 – 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.

The global medical clothing market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by product type into surgical drapes, scrubs & gowns, protective apparels, face protection, sterilization wraps and others. Out of which, the face protection segment is projected to witness noteworthy growth over the forecast period. The growth of the segment can be accounted to the rising cases of COVID-19 have prompted people to use face masks to prevent the infection from reaching their body, moreover, doctors and nurses were constantly in need of face protection medical clothes while treating the 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.

Furthermore, the global medical clothing market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by usages into patients and medical staff. Out of which, the medical staff segment is projected to witness noteworthy growth over the forecast period. Hospitals are being manufactured at a rapid pace worldwide which has spurred the requirement for 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.

Market Segmentation

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

                    By Product Type

  • Surgical Drapes
  • Scrubs & Gowns
  • Protective Apparels
  • Face Protection
  • Sterilization Wraps
  • Others


                   By Usages

  • Patients
  • Medical Staff


                   By End User

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Facilities
  • Surgical Centers
  • Others

Global Medical Clothing Market Regional Synopsis

The North America medical clothing market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033. The growth of the market can be ascribed to the rising number of hospitals in the region, backed by the presence of developed healthcare infrastructure. As the number of hospitals rises, it also expands the size of medical staff, that 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 the were stated to be rural community hospitals. Furthermore, growing health expenditures and a higher number of surgical procedures taking place in the region are also expected to enlarge the market size in the region over the forecast period. In 2020, the United States healthcare spending grew by approximately 10% and accounted for around 20% of total GDP. The total expenditure was nearly USD 4 trillion and around USD 12,000 per capita spending. Furthermore, in between January 2019 to January 2020, around 13 million surgical procedures were carried out in the United States. Therefore, all these factors are anticipated to propel the growth of the regional market during the forecast period.


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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Medical Clothing Market

    • Mölnlycke Health Care AB
      • Company Overview
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      • 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


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Global Economic Impact

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Despite Inflation & Fearing Recession, Businesses Across the Globe Expected to Do Better in 2023:

In 2023, market players might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain.
Controlling Inflation has become the first priority for global economies from last quarter of 2022 and to be followed in 2023. With skewed economic situations, rise in interest rate by governments to control spending and inflation, spiked oil and gas prices, high inflation, geo-political issues including U.S. & China trade war, Russia-Ukraine conflict to intensify the global economic issues.
The interest rates in the U.S. may be less sensitive in 2023 as compared to 2022; sigh of relief for businesses. Positive business sentiments, healthy business balance sheets, growth in construction spending (private construction value in 2022 stood at $1,429.2 billion, 11.7 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $1,279.5 billion spent in 2021, Residential construction in 2022 was $899.1 billion, up by 13.3 percent (±2.1 percent) from $793.7 billion in 2021, non-residential construction touched $530.1 billion, 9.1 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $485.8 billion in 2021.) showcases minimal impact of recession in the country.
Similarly, spiked spending in the European and major Asia economics including, India, China & Japan to showcase less impact on the global demand.

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the medical clothing market?

Ans: Higher investment and expenditure on healthcare and pervasion of COVID-19 among the population are estimated to majorly boost the market growth.

2) What would be the CAGR of medical clothing market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033.

3) What are the challenges affecting the medical clothing market growth?

Ans: Stringent government’s rules & regulation on the manufacturing is estimated to challenge the market growth.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of medical clothing market in future?

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

5) Who are the major players dominating the medical clothing market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Cardinal Health, Inc., Medline Industries, Inc., Owens & Minor, Inc., 3M Company, Barco Uniforms, Inc., ANSELL LTD, Superior Group of Companies, Inc., Semperit AG Holding, and others.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue-generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the medical clothing market?

Ans: The market is segmented by product type, usages, end user, and by region.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in product type in the medical clothing market?

Ans: The face protection segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.

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