Per capita private health expenditure in Italy 2009-2019

In 2019, the private health expenditure amounted to 692 euros per capita in Italy. This was a considerable increase compared to 2009, when people spent on average 492 euros per capita for health goods and services. Also, the total private health expenditure grew from 32.7 billion euros in 2012 to 39.7 billion euros in 2017.

Private pharmaceutical spending

In 2017, 16.6 billion euros of private expenditure were allocated for medications whereas 19.5 billion euros were meant to cover specialist examinations and dental checks. Drugs and medications accounted for a relevant portion of private expenditure on healthcare goods.

Public health expenditure

Between 2008 and 2017, the share of private pharmaceutical expenditure increased from 28 to 31 percent. Conversely, the share of public spending on pharmaceuticals decreased from 72 to 69 percent. Overall, public health expenditure increased during the last few years , even though the increment was not remarkable. Also, the share of gross domestic product on health expenditure is steady at roughly nine percent since 2009.

Private health expenditure per capita in Italy from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Projection.
Data prior to 2019 from earlier publications by the source.

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