Statistics Sweden is publishing the statistics for the System of Health Accounts (SHA) for the years 2001-2011. The values for 2001-2010 are definitive while the values for 2011 are preliminary. The period 2001-2008 has not been revised compared to previously published data. The data for 2009 and 2010 has been revised compared with previous publications, and 2009 has only been revised concerning the presentation of over-the-counter medicines.
Costs for over-the-counter medicines sold at supermarkets are now being published for the first time, as seen in the presentation for 2009-2011. These values are presented under Tables and graphs/Swedish Health Accounts 2001-2011sheet ”Tabell 3 HC-HP” variable Other medical non-durables (HC5.1) that are sold in All other industries as secondary provider of health care HP7.9.
The Swedish System of Health Accounts is based on OECD’s manual A System of Health Accounts. This manual provides a set of consistent classifications that establish a conceptual basis of statistical reporting rules in health care in order to enhance the comparability of data over time and across countries, independent of differences in the organisation of health care and its financing. SHA covers three dimensions of classifications in order to report expenditures defining health care by functions of care (HC), providers of health care services (HP) and its financing (HF). SHA consists of a number of tables where the three classification groups are combined in order to account for the total expenditure of health care from different angles.
The publication of the Swedish SHA consists of three tables with the three classification groups. Concerning health care by functions of care (HC) the figures are slightly aggregated. The Swedish SHA data is also reported to OECD, WHO and Eurostat on a more detailed level. Due to the detailed level in the SHA, the national accounts figures have been disaggregated with different keys and models.
For further information see OECD’s website.