Maldives National Health Accounts 2015-17 (NHA 2015-17) which provides a detailed overview of resource flows in and out from health care system of Maldives has been launched.
This report highlights the spending incurred for health of Maldivians by government, private organization and institutions, international organizations and donor agencies. This is the third National Health Accounts report which was formulated in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO). The report was based on a globally accepted framework known as ‘System of Health Accounts II (SHA II)” which is being regularly used by many countries and international organizations.
As per the key findings of the report, in 2017, Maldives spent over MVR 6000 million for health and about 77% of this amount was spent by the government of Maldives. Nearly 60 percent of all spending is directed towards outpatient care expenditure, while 19% was spent on hospitalization. Furthermore, in 2017, 32.3% of the total budget of the government of Maldives was spent on health. This is the highest percent of government budget allocation to health in comparison to all other ten member states in South East Asia region. This indicates the importance given to health by the government of Maldives.
The findings of this report will help to formulate and strengthen policies for allocation of resources for health care and increase efficiency in health spending.