health care expenditure

'health care expenditure' can also refer to...

health care expenditure

health care expenditure

Longevity and Health Care Expenditures The Real Reasons Older People Spend More

Health Care Expenditure on Schizophrenia Patients in Belgium

Household Health Expenditures in Nepal: Implications for Health Care Financing Reform

International comparisons of health-care expenditure: a dismal science?

Incidence and correlates of ‘catastrophic’ maternal health care expenditure in India

Distribution of Health Care Expenditures for HIV-Infected Patients

Effect of restricting access to health care on health expenditures among asylum-seekers in Germany Kayvan Bozorgmehr

Diagnosed Prevalence and Health Care Expenditures of Mental Health Disorders Among Dual Eligible Older People

The Risk of Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenditure at the End of Life

Inequality in household catastrophic health care expenditure in a low-income society of Iran

The effect of wealth status on care seeking and health expenditures in Afghanistan

The effect of wealth status on care seeking and health expenditures in Afghanistan

Health-care seeking and expenditure by young Indian mothers in the public and private sectors

Unravelling the socioeconomic gradient in the incidence of catastrophic health care expenditure: a comment

Sustainability of recurrent expenditure on public social welfare programmes: expenditure analysis of the free maternal care programme of the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme

What do we know about the role of health care technology in driving health care expenditure growth?

Time to death and health expenditure: an improved model for the impact of demographic change on health care costs


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Public Health and Epidemiology


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

In national accounting of budget allocations and personal expenditure, money devoted to prevention and care of sickness comprises a substantial component of gross national expenditure. This includes personal health care costs; costs of drugs, dressings, and appliances; costs of hospital and long-term care; costs of personal services provided by physicians, dentists, physiotherapists, and others; costs of local, regional, and national public health services aimed at protecting community health and preventing diseases and injuries; and costs of administration. Collectively, the health sector absorbs about 10% of national expenditure in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nations, less in low-income nations. There is a wide range, from 6% to 7% in France and the United Kingdom, through 10% in the Nordic nations, to 14% to 15% in the United States. The allocation among personal costs (out-of-pocket expenses), costs covered by insurers through individual or group health plans, and costs paid directly from public revenues varies more widely. Many health economists believe that one reason health care expenditure is higher in the United States than in other OECD nations is waste and duplication inherent in a system of fragmentary insurance systems, each with its own administrative overhead costs. The US system also leaves more than 40 million people without health insurance coverage. Another reason is the extensive use of costly technology and prescribed medication. The US federal agency overseeing national expenditure on health care is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.