Govt health outlay share in GDP increases from 1.15 to 1.35 pc

New Delhi, India: According to the National Health Account Estimate report, the share of government health expenditure in the country's overall GDP has increased from 1.15 percent in 2013-14 to 1.35 percent in 2017-18.

Government health spending as a percentage of total health spending has also risen over time. In 2017-18, government spending accounted for 40.8 percent of total spending, up from 28.6 percent in 2013-14. The findings of the NHAE report also show that between 2013-14 and 2017-18, the government's health expenditure as a percentage of overall expenditure climbed from 3.78 percent to 5.12 percent.

On Monday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan published the findings of the 2017-18 National Health Accounts (NHA) Estimates for India. According to the data, between 2013-14 and 2017-18, the government's health expenditure per capita jumped from Rs 1,042 to Rs 1,753. Primary healthcare now accounts for 54.7 percent of current government health expenditures, up from 51.1 percent in 2013-14.

More than 80 percent of current government health spending is spent on primary and secondary care. In terms of government health spending, the proportion of basic and secondary care has increased. The share of tertiary care in the private sector has risen, whereas primary and secondary care are on the decline. The government's share of primary and secondary care climbed from 75 percent to 86 percent between 2016-17 and 2017-18. Primary and secondary care have fallen from 84 percent to 74 percent in the private sector.

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