Total Health Expenditures grew by 8.0 percent in 2017

Reference Number: 2018-164
Release Date:18 October 2018

The country’s Total Health Expenditures at current prices grew by 8.0 percent in 2017 amounting to Php 712.3 billion from Php 659.3 billion in 2016.  It contributed 4.5 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The 2017 Total Health Expenditures (THE) comprised of 96.1 percent Current Health Expenditures (CHE) and 3.9 percent Health Capital Formation Expenditures (HK) in government sector.



                                              Source: Philippine Statistics Authority           *HK in the government sector



Every Filipino spent Php 6,791 for health in 2017

Per capita health spending of Filipinos in 2017 grew by 6.3 percent to Php 6,791. In real terms, per capita health expenditure of Filipinos amounted to Php 6,090.

1/ Derived using the consumer price index (CPI) for all items, 2012=100
2/ The annual estimates (as of July of the reference year) are based on official 2010 Census-based population projections
   (national level) using the estimation methodology approved by the PSA Board Resolution No. 1, Series of 2014.
   These estimates are published and available on the PSA website:

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Household spent the highest health expenditures in 2017 

Household-out-of-pocket payment (OOP) posted Php 372.8 billion or 54.5 percent of CHE in 2017, followed by government schemes and compulsory contributory health care financing schemes at Php 225.9 billion or 33.0 percent. Voluntary health care payment schemes contributed Php 85.7 billion or 12.5 percent.

More than half of OOP amounting to Php 186.6 or 50.1 percent went to pharmacies.  Private general hospitals came in second at Php 97.5 billion or 26.1 percent; followed by providers of ambulatory health care at Php 50.3 billion or 13.5 percent.

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority



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(Deputy National Statistician)


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