articles | 28 January 2014

Cyprus medicare costs 7.3% of GDP

Total expenditure on health services reached 7,3% of GDP in 2011 recording an increase of 0,2% in comparison to 2010, according to new data released by the Statistical Service.

The data indicate that total expenditure on health services for 2011 is estimated at €1.307,6 mn of which €608,1 mn represent expenditure of the public sector and €699,5 mn of the private sector. The share of expenditure on health as a percentage to GDP increased from 7,0 % in 2009 to 7,1% in 2010 and 7,3% in 2011.

During 2011 75.441 patients were admitted for treatment and discharged from the general hospitals recording an increase of 0,6% over the previous year, whereas the disease category, 'Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes' has the highest share 8,1% of in-patients in general hospitals. According to the same data 29.663 surgical operations performed on in-patients and out-patients in 2011 recording a decrease of 3,1% over the previous year. As noted, operations on the general surgery accounted for 28,1% of all operations performed on in patients and out-patients.

At the same time out-patients attendances increased by 3,9% over the previous year, reaching 1.988.692, of which 52,5% represented attendances at rural hospitals and health centers. The highest proportions of out-patient visits have been observed for the specialties of General Medicine, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Gynecology-Obstetrics. Also a total of 411.770 patients visited the Casualty Departments of the general hospitals in 2011, recording a decrease of 2,7% over the previous year.

Source: Famagusta Gazette


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