The far-reaching promise of free health care – Albanians pay 58% of their pockets for health services
Seven years after the promise of free health care for all, Albanians pay out of pocket to receive these services more compared to the neighbors of the Western Balkan countries. World Bank data show that the total value of out-of-pocket payments to citizens is almost 58% of total health expenditures. The World Bank also points out that the high level of informal payments makes this situation more difficult for the poorest part of the population.
Based on the Albanian government budget tables, expenditures for health-related functions are as much as 3.35% of Gross Domestic Product. Adding the total budget of the Health Insurance Fund, which is partly financed by contributions, this value amounts to a total of 6.5% of national production projected for 2020. This level of spending is estimated relatively low, given that there are countries like Serbia or Bosnia where health expenditures are in the range of 9%, while in some European Union countries real health expenditures are in the level of double digits.
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