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National Health Accounts(NHA) report for 2017-18 released

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  • This is the fifth consecutive NHA report produced by National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC), prepared by using an accounting framework based on the internationally accepted System of Health Accounts 2011, provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) comes under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • The first report was released in 2013-14

Main Highlights of the Fifth Report

  • There has been an increase in the share of government health expenditure from 1.15% in 2013-14 to 1.35%  of the GDP in 2017-18. 
  • The share of Government Health Expenditure in total health expenditure has also increased from 28.6%in 2013-14 to 40.8% in 2017-18.
  • Government’s health expenditure as a share of total Government expenditure has increased from 3.78% to 5.12% between 2013-14 and 2017-18.
  • In per capita terms, the government health expenditure has increased from Rs 1042 to Rs.1753 between 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  • The share of primary healthcare in current government health expenditure has increased from 51.1% in 2013-14 to 54.7% in 2017-18.
  • The out-of-pocket expenditure (OOPE) as a share of total health expenditure has come down to 48.8% in 2017-18 from 64.2% in 2013-14.  The fall in out-of-pocket expenditure is a good sign as it indicates that government expenditure on health is increasing.

What is Out of Pocket Expenditure 

This indicator estimates how much are households in each country spending on health directly out of pocket.

The fall in out-of-pocket expenditure is a good sign as it indicates that government expenditure on health is increasing.

If the out-of-pocket expenditure increases then it indicates that the government expenditure on health is decreasing.

Current Health Secretary : Rajesh Bhushan

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