The country’s total health expenditures grew from
Php 593 billion in 2015 to Php 655 billion in 2016 or by 10.5 percent at current prices.The contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was at 4.5 percent.
Total health expenditures comprised of current health expenditures (CHE) and health capital formation expenditures (HK). HK in government sector accounted for
3.7 percent of the Total Health Expenditures (THE).
Every Filipino spent
Php 6,345 for health in 2016
Per capita health spending of Filipinos in 2016 grew by
8.7 percent to Php 6,345. In real terms, per capita health expenditure of Filipinos amounted to Php 4,406.
Household spent the highest health expenditures in 2016
Household-out-of pocket payment (OOP) posted
Php 342 billion or 54.2 percent of CHE in 2016, followed by government schemes and compulsory contributory health care financing schemes at Php 216 billion or 34.2 percent.Voluntary health care payment schemes contributed Php 73 billion or 11.6 percent.
Hospitals, specifically general hospitals were the recipients of OOP at
Php 259 billion or 41.1 percent.Pharmacies came in second to general hospitals at Php 173 billion (27.5 percent); followed by providers of preventive care at Php 53.3 billion (8.5 percent).
LISA GRACE S. BERSALES, Ph.D.
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General