29 December, 2020
UAE Tops Middle East Countries in per Capita Health Expenditure
The UAE comes 1st among Arab, Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean countries with respect to per capita health expenditure.
Recently, the UAE’s 1st National Health Account (2017) results were released by the Ministry of Health & Prevention (MOHAP). The NHA was carried out in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).
The results indicated a high level of stability in the health financing system of the economy, with mandatory spending accounting for 83% of total spending. The results also revealed that UAE is ranked 1st among all countries in the Arab, Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean region.
Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, added that this would enhance the effectiveness of national initiatives, projects and other policies aligned with the 2071 centennial.
He also added that the UAE is occupying top spots in global competitiveness and sustainable development. This naturally presents a strong opportunity to leverage on visionary leadership, strong infrastructure, effective systems and performance standards to achieve continuously high standards in the health sector.
The health expenditure was 26% higher in 2017 than in 2016, while per capita expenditure also increased 26% over the same period. Interestingly, the expenditure done out of pocket, as a proportion of the per capita health expenditure, dropped by nearly 36%.
This indicated that the Government included more such expenses under its budgetary allocation, thereby protecting individuals more and giving them wider access to health services.
The findings also revealed that health expenditure accounted for 4% of the GDP, as compared to 3.5% in 2016, indicating stronger growth in the health sector as compared to the overall GDP.