Price Index for Medical Device Imports – ABIIS Import Index
This study aimed to verify whether the medical technology available in the Brazilian market is, in fact, becoming more expensive and increasing healthcare costs. The analysis was based on an index that maps the price at the port of the imported health product. The Laspeyres price index was used, and for the calculation of the price indexes, the products that were monitored were defined according to their relevance in the basket of goods of the companies associated with ABIIS.
The survey of the data used to calculate the indexes took place at the ComexStat database of the Ministry of Economy, from where the value and quantity of each item in the health care product basket was collected. The product items are based on the Mercosur Common Nomenclature (NCM’s) and are the same used in the methodology adopted for analyzing the trade balance of entities affiliated to ABIIS.