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Health spending as a share of GDP in Vietnam 2010-2017

In 2017, current health expenditure accounted for 5.53 percent of the GDP in Vietnam. The current health expenditure covers the preventive and curative provision of health services, family planning activities, nutrition activities, and emergency aid designated for health.

Health expenditure in Vietnam

In general, health expenditure in Vietnam is comparable to countries with similar income levels. However, health spending per capita in Vietnam has increased significantly from 2010 to 2017, rising from 78.19 U.S. dollars in 2010 to 129.58 U.S. dollars in 2017. The rise came from domestic government spending on health as well as social insurance expenditure. In 2017, domestic health expenditure was 98.01 percent of current health expenditure in the country.

Health insurance in Vietnam

In 2017, health insurance expenditure in Vietnam amounted to about 89.44 trillion Vietnamese dong. The number of people participating in health insurance in Vietnam reached approximately 81.19 million in that year, indicating a steady increase in the past years. As of 2018, the poor, the ethnic minorities as well as under 6-year-olds and above 80-year-olds were fully covered by social health insurance through government full subsidies.

Current health expenditure as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) in Vietnam from 2010 to 2017

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Total health expenditure is the sum of public and private health expenditure. It covers the provision of health services (preventive and curative), family planning activities, nutrition activities, and emergency aid designated for health but does not include provision of water and sanitation.

Figures have been rounded.

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