Prescribing limitations: Government attempts to control spending are restricting growth

The Diagnostic and Ambulance Services industry has expanded over the past five years. Britain’s ageing population has driven demand for the industry’s services. Older people visit health-care providers more often than younger people, and those providers rely heavily on diagnostic and ambulance services. Government expenditure has risen but at a slower rate than demand for health-care services. The subsequent overburdening of the NHS has limited industry growth. However, backlogs in the public health-care system are not all bad news for the industry, as the outsourcing of health-care services to the private sector has increased, contributing to industry revenue more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Though revenue has grown, pricing pressures and high costs have caused margins to contract
  • Enterprise numbers have grown over the past five years thanks to increasing private-sector involvement
  • The development of more accurate screening measures is expected to support future growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The largest four operators in the industry are expected to account for 12.2% of industry revenue in 2018-19. Although concentration is low, some consolidation is occurring. For example, Serco plc, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust combined in 2010, and since July 2006, 29 county-level ambulance services in England have been merged into 12 services. This is part of the government's push to cut health-care costs while improving the quality and range of care by strengthening the level of competition across the health-care sector...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Having a good reputation
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real government consumption expenditure and Population aged 65 years and over in the Diagnostic & Ambulance Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry?

    This industry covers health care that is not provided by hospitals, medical doctors or dentists. Operators help doctors diagnose their patients by providing specimen analysis and imaging. They also operate ambulance services and blood, sperm and organ transplant banks.

    Industry Products
  • Pathology and biological specimen analysis
  • Radiology and diagnostic imaging
  • Ambulance services
  • Blood and organ banks
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating pathology laboratories
  • Analysing biological specimens
  • Providing ambulance and paramedic services
  • Operating blood, sperm and organ transplant banks
  • Providing nursing and midwifery
  • Providing diagnostic imaging services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real government consumption expenditure
  • Population aged 65 years and over
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • Demand from general medical practices

  • Current Performance
  • Diagnosing demand
  • Bottlenecks and budget allowances
  • Medical developments
  • Health-care reforms
  • Margins weaken
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Poor conditions
  • Health awareness
  • Growth limitations
  • Margin pressure
  • Table: Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Hospitals
  • General Medical Practices
  • Dental Practices
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Medical & Dental Instrument Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Pathology and biological specimen analysis
  • Ambulance services
  • Radiology and diagnostic imaging
  • Blood and organ banks
  • Other
  • Chart: Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Public health-care institutions
  • Private health-care institutions
  • Self-funded individuals aged 65 years and over
  • Self-funded individuals aged 64 years and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Diagnostic & Ambulance Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    NHS Blood and Transplant, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust,
  • Table: NHS Blood and Transplant - financial performance
  • Table: London Ambulance Service NHS Trust - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Diagnostic & Ambulance Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A procedure in which blood is drawn from a donor and separated into its components. Plasma or platelets can be retained and the rest of the blood can be returned to the patient.
  • Pathology
  • The study and diagnosis of disease by examining organs, tissues and bodily fluids.
  • Radiology
  • The branch of medical science dealing with the medical use of X-rays and other penetrating radiation.
  • Special Health Authority
  • A special health authority is a type of NHS trust that provides services on behalf of the National Health Service in England.
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