As the number of elderly patients in the U.S. increases, so does the demand
for home healthcare services and products. Annual revenues for the U.S. home-health
market topped $42 billion in 1999, according to a new strategic report from
Frost & Sullivan, with labor and nursing services accounting for about 95%
of that total. The Frost & Sullivan report, "U.S. Home Health Care
Markets," also found that advancing technologies are allowing more patients
to receive healthcare within their own homes, thus providing the greatest impetus
for overall market growth in both the product and services sectors.