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Current Health Expenditure

  • In 2016, the current health expenditure (preliminary) was estimated at KRW 125.2 trillion (7.7% of GDP), an increase of KRW 10 trillion from the previous year (nominal growth rate: 8.7%; real growth rate: 7.9%).
  • In 2016, medical care services (inpatient/outpatient) accounted for the largest proportion (67%) of the current health expenditure by function (preliminary), followed by pharmaceuticals (20.2%).
Trends in Current Health Expenditures by Source(2011-2016p)
Trends in Current Health Expenditures by Source(2011-2016p)

Unit : KRW 1 billion

Trends in Current Health Expenditures by Source(2011-2016p)
category 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Current Health Expenditures 87,403 92,669 98,702 105,882 115,188 125,217
Private 37,315 40,461 43,270 46,334 50,226 54,638
% of GDP 6.6 6.7 6.9 7.1 7.4 7.7
Govemment and Mandatory Subscription 50,088 52,207 55,432 59,548 64,962 70,579
Trends in Current Health Expenditures by purpose(2011-2016p)
Trends in Current Health Expenditures by purpose(2011-2016p)

Unit : %

Trends in Current Health Expenditures by purpose(2011-2016p)
category 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Inpatients 32.0 31.8 32.5 33.2 33.8 34.6
Outpatients 30.5 31.8 32.1 32.1 32.2 32.4
Pharmaceuticals, etc 25.8 24.8 23.6 22.9 21.4 20.2
Preventive Services 3.2 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.8 3.5
Govemance-Health Care System Financial Management 3.6 3.5 3.3 3.5 3.3 3.2
Other 4.9 4.7 5.0 4.9 5.5 6.0
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