Growth in household health spending up

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Growth in household health spending up

Direct spending on health by households in Portugal accelerated last year by 4.4 percent

According to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE), current expenditure on health last year rose by 5.1 percent, with “a continuation of the increase in funding by the main public and private funding agents”, with the exception of public employees’ subsystems (where there was a slight reduction, of 0.1 percent).

The report also stated that in 2017 there had been a “slight slowdown” in households’ spending on health, which was up 2.6 percent. Current household expenditure on private hospitals and in private consultations or examinations rose in 2017, while that in public hospitals and pharmacies fell.

Also in 2017, spending by hospitals and public care providers had grown by 4.1 percent, mainly due to an increase in the consumption of medicines, medical consumption and personnel costs, where the INE includes the “increase in the number of workers”.

But spending by private providers rose still faster, with increases of 5.5 percent in the case of private hospitals and 4.4 percent of other private non-hospital facilities.

In 2017, compared to 2016, almost all major health providers increased their relative weight in current expenditure on health, with pharmacies being the only exception.


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