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System of Health Accounts

Ireland's System of Health Accounts, Annual Results 2017

Current Health Expenditure in Ireland, 2012 to 2017 
Current Health Expenditure (€ bn)18.718.518.919.320.221.1
Current Health Expenditure % GDP10.7%10.3%9.7%7.3%7.4%7.2%
Current Health Expenditure % GNI*14.8%13.5%12.7%11.9%11.5%11.7%

Current Health Expenditure for Ireland, €21.1 billion (2017)

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Ireland’s current health expenditure was €21.1 billion in 2017, which represents 7.2% of GDP or 11.7% of GNI*. Overall there was a 5% increase in health expenditure in Ireland between 2016 and 2017. Health expenditure has increased by 13% since 2012.

The majority of health expenditure (73%) was funded by government, with the balance funded by private sources including health insurance (14%) and household out-of-pocket expenditure (12%).

This release provides the first estimate of Irish current health care expenditure for 2017 and revised data for years 2012 – 2016.  Capital health expenditure is shown in Table 7 of this release. Within this release detailed cross tabulations are provided for 2017, cross tabulations for all years 2011-2017 can be found in Statbank. Please note that the rounding of numbers to the nearest integer results in some subtotals not summing to 100%. See Background Notes for further details on the System of Health Accounts.  

The GDP figures used in this publication are consistent with those published in the National Income and Expenditure 2017. Current health expenditure is shown as a percentage of GDP and GNI*. See Background Notes for definitions.