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CSO statistical release, 20 June 2017, 11am

System of Health Accounts

Ireland's System of Health Accounts, Annual Results 2015

Current Health Expenditure in Ireland, 2013 to 2015 
Current Health Expenditure (€ bn)18.819.119.9
Gross Domestic Product (GDP, € bn)180.2193.2255.8
Current Health Expenditure % GDP10.49.97.8

Current Health Expenditure Estimate for Ireland, €19.9 billion (2015)

System of Health Accounts 2015. Healthcare by Financing Scheme
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Ireland’s current health expenditure was €19.9 billion in 2015, representing 7.8% of GDP. In 2014 current health expenditure was €19.1bn or 9.9% of GDP. The decrease in the percentage share between 2014 and 2015 is due to the increase in the GDP level (see box below).

The majority of health expenditure (69%) 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 2015 according to the System of Health Accounts standard. See Background Notes for further details on the System of Health Accounts.

The rounding of percentages to the nearest integer results in some subtotals not summing to 100%.

The GDP figures used in this publication are consistent with those published in the National Income and Expenditure 2015. There was a significant increase in the level of GDP in 2015. This level shift impacts the comparison over time of key aggregates using GDP as a denominator. Further details, along with planned actions to address user needs, can be found here:

Report of the Economic Statistics Review Group