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System of Health Accounts

Ireland's System of Health Accounts, Annual Results 2016

Current Health Expenditure in Ireland, 2011 to 2016
Current Health Expenditure (€ bn)18.418.918.618.819.520.3
Current Health Expenditure % GDP10.710.810.
Current Health Expenditure % GNI*

Current Health Expenditure Estimate for Ireland, €20.3 billion (2016)

Figure 1: Ireland’s Health Care Expenditure Distributed by Financing Schemes, 2016
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Ireland’s current health expenditure was €20.3 billion in 2016, representing 7.4% of GDP. In 2011 current health expenditure was €18.4bn or 10.7% of GDP. Overall there was a 10% increase in health expenditure in Ireland between 2011 and 2016.

The majority of health expenditure (72%) was funded by government, with the balance funded by private sources including health insurance and out-of-pocket expenditure.

This release provides the first estimates of Irish health care expenditure for 2011, 2012 and 2016 according to the System of Health Accounts standard. See Background Notes for further details on the System of Health Accounts. While total values are given for all years 2011 – 2016, detailed cross tabulations are only provided for 2016, further detail on the years 2011 – 2015 can be found in Statbank.

The GDP figures used in this publication are consistent with those published in the National Income and Expenditure 2016. There was a significant increase in GDP in 2015 which is why current health expenditure is also shown as a percentage of GNI*. Further details are here: GDP Explanatory Note (PDF 276KB)