Households continue to expend more on health as revealed in the latest updates on the Philippine National Health Accounts (PNHA) covering the period 2007-2010. More than half of the country’s annual expenditure for health came from the pockets of households over the foear ur-yperiod.
- The country's total health expenditure showed improvements from 2007 to 2010, but the growth rates revealed an uneven trend for both current and constant prices. At current prices, the total outlay for health went up from PhP268.9 billion in 2007 to PhP379.3 billion in 2010, registering an average growth rate of
12.1 percentduring the period.
- With the total health expenditure growing faster than population, per capita health spending at current prices went up by PhP316 in 2008, PhP386 in 2009, and PhP333 in 2010.
- It is worth noting that social insurance and the rest of the world were the fastest growing sectors in terms of health expenditure from 2007 to 2010, although their actual contributions remained way below those of government and private sources.
- While Filipino households still bore the bulk of spending for their health needs, private out-of-pocket expenditures showed a generally decreasing trend from
55 percentin 2007 to 52.7 percentin 2010.
- The government came in a far second to private households in terms of health spending contribution, with the national government and local government units (LGUs) footing
11.2 percentand 15.3 percentin 2010, respectively. The LGUs consistently spent more than the national government from 2007 to 2010.
- Out of seven health care financing indicators with targets set as part of the National Objectives for Health 2005-2010, only two were within the targets for 2007 to 2010, namely total health expenditure as a percentage of gross national income and per capita health expenditure.