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System of Health Accounts (SHA) 2015:

GDP share of health and medical care was 11 percent

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2017-03-30 9.30

In 2015, health and medical care comprised 11.0 percent of GDP. General government finances 84 percent of the total costs, while households pay 15 percent of the total costs via patient fees and other fees.

GDP share of health and medical care decreased slightly

The GDP share of health and medical care declined slightly in 2015 compared with previous years. In 2013 and 2014, the share of GDP was 11.1 percent, while in 2015 the share was 11.0 percent. In the areas of curative and rehabilitative care, specialised outpatient curative care increased compared with 2014. The increase was 3.7 percent in current prices.

Main areas of health and medical care

Costs of health and medical care can be divided into seven main areas. Over half of all costs go to curative and rehabilitative care. Health and medical care regarding care for the elderly and persons with disabilities accounts for one fourth of the health and medical care sector. Nursing costs are also included in these costs. Pharmaceuticals for outpatients account for the third largest cost.

Definitions and explanations

The Health Accounts are based on the concepts of the National Accounts. All costs for health and medical care are presented in a three-axis system based on the function, financier and producer. Data is only available in current prices. 

Statistics Sweden has presented Health Accounts since 2008. The data is presented according to the manual A System of Health Accounts 2011 (SHA 2011), which is common to the OECD, Eurostat and the WHO.

Data is presented for the years 2001–2015, but the period 2001–2010 is not completely comparable with the period 2011–2015, which means there is a break in the time series. The break in the time series refers to the area health and medical care within care for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

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