Why are scrubs so expensive?

Q: I am a housewife and I want to make scrubs for my daughter who works in a hospital I’d like to know why are scrubs so expensive.

– Carlos Alfredo

A: While you can find lower-cost options, some scrubs can indeed be quite expensive. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Material Quality: Scrubs designed for medical professionals are often made from high-quality, durable materials that can withstand frequent washing and wear. They may also have special features like antimicrobial treatment or moisture-wicking fabric.
  2. Design and Construction: High-quality scrubs often have features designed for the specific needs of healthcare workers, such as multiple pockets, reinforced seams, stretch material for comfort, and specific fits for men and women. These design elements can add to the cost.
  3. Brand Reputation: Like any clothing item, you’re often paying for the brand name when you buy scrubs. Brands that have a reputation for quality, durability, and comfort can often charge more for their products.
  4. Specialized Sizes and Styles: Scrubs come in a wide range of sizes and styles to fit different body types. Offering this variety can increase manufacturing costs, which may be passed on to the buyer.
  5. Retail Markup: Retailers need to make a profit on the items they sell, so the price you pay in a store or online will include a markup on the original production cost.

While scrubs can be an investment, it’s important to remember that they are a significant part of a healthcare worker’s professional life. Comfortable, durable, and functional scrubs can contribute to better performance and comfort over long shifts. It could be worthwhile to invest in a higher-quality pair of scrubs that will last longer and perform better. However, there are also more budget-friendly options available that still offer good quality for the price.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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