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Health expenditure as a share of GDP in the Philippines 2008-2017

In the Philippines, health expenditure accounted for about four percent of the GDP in 2017. Since 2008, spending on human health has been stable at around four percent.

Health status of the ageing population

The Philippines is home to around 105 million inhabitants as of 2017. Along with the year on year increase of population came the need for broader health care services in the country, especially for senior citizens who are at a higher risk of illnesses and diseases. As of 2019, about seven percent of the ageing population aged 60 years and above experienced a heart attack. 

One of the leading health conditions diagnosed among the ageing population was high blood pressure, arthritis, neuralgia, or rheumatism in 2019. Around 50 percent of women were diagnosed with high blood pressure, while 38.4 percent of men were diagnosed. 

 Health care protection

In 2018, the national health insurance program (996314) of the government had covered about 98 percent of the population. Under a bill implemented through the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act, Filipino citizens are automatically enrolled through the mandate. 

Premium contributions are significant in sustaining the health care industry. In 2019, the value of premium contributions from PhilHealth members totaled 146.4 billion Philippine pesos. About 34 percent of private employees accounted for the total premium valued at around 50.5 billion Philippine pesos.

Health expenditure as a share of gross domestic product in the Philippines 2008 to 2017

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2008 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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