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Ahmad Khasan asked 1 month ago

🏥What Should Be the Percentage of Government Spending on Health?

Spending on health is among the primary expenditure of any government. Here is the percentage of government spending on health in several countries on each continent.

United States of America – In 2019, the USA federal spending for health is $1.053 trillion or 23.67% from its federal budget.

Indonesia – In 2019, Indonesia spent IDR 123.1 trillion ($8.2 billion) on health or 5% of its national budget.

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It demonstrates that there is a big difference in the percentage of spending on health between developed and developing countries.

In your opinion, what should be the right percentage for health spending?

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adharad answered 1 month ago

I think the health of the population of a country is the main thing that must be considered. Especially with this pandemic. That is the biggest responsibility of the government apart from education

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 1 month ago

In my opinion as much as the population need health, the government should should provide it. They should provide a big budget for the healthy of their citizens.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

I agree with you Leno. Health is an important foundation of strength for a country. The state is obliged to provide good health

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

I think my country Uganda should increase the health sector budget to at least 5%, we have a serious challenge right now in my country. The health sector is seriously overstretched and Politicians are not putting the lives of people before their egos. They are seriously missusing funds that should help the health sector for their selfish interests.

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 1 month ago

10 % of budget should be allocated to health and even more.This is partly because good health facilities and services encourage high mass production for the population
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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

Health of the citizens should be the primary objective of any government of a country. The government spending in health care should be more than 25% of the year budget. Is only a healthy man that contribute to the growth of the country.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

Jackson I’m sorry about your country. I hope the problems in your country will be resolved soon. Indeed, it is very important for the state to provide excellent health quality to its citizens.

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Edward Duffy answered 4 weeks ago

It should be enough to provide a standard of care to all citizens whether they be privately insured or rely on the government for assistance.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Ad.
 
Yes, you are right. Health is the priority sector of a nation. During a special situation like this pandemic, many counties allocated more of their resources to support the healthcare system. However, there are still other sectors that need those resources. Thus, balance is crucial. In your opinion, what percentage is optimal for government spending on health?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Leno.
 
I think every country’s constitution has mandated that the government provide and guarantee that each of its people has access to quality health care. And I believe that it is the goal of every government. However, they have a budget constraint that they need to consider. Most of the time, the budget is limited, and they have to optimize the spending. Also, the government must balance the spending between health and other sectors. In that case, how big is big in your opinion?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Jackson.
 
What is the percentage of health spending in your country right now? 5% is indeed the percentage in a normal situation, in this current pandemic the government must increase their spending for health.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Eli.
 
I agree with you. 10% is sufficient to support the health system of a country. In Indonesia, the government spend 5% of their budget on health. The government also has health insurance paid by the holder, and it is a great supporting fund for our healthcare system.

Eli Davis Keinamura replied 4 weeks ago

My country is also in plans of introducing medical insurance,which will be greatly financed by the population

Ahmad Khasan replied 4 weeks ago

Has that plan started?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Kenneth.
 
Don’t you think that 25% is too big? The US, one of the wealthy country, has only 23% spending on health. What kind of health system should be provided if the government allocates at least 25% of its budget?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Edward.
 
What about the percentage of government spending on health in Australia? I think Australia has a more advance health system than those in developing countries.

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adharad answered 4 weeks ago

I think that during a pandemic, health is a sector that must come first. I think 30% is used for the health sector

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

Government should give health care the highest percentage of the budget each year. Let’s say 20-30% of the year budget.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 4 weeks ago

The highest budget for health care is good, it must be reasonable too ,there others sectors that we should not neglect.

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adharad answered 4 weeks ago

I agree with you, Kenneth. The health budget must be more than other sectors. After that also for the education budget

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Ad.
 
I agree with you. Our government allocates Rp 87.5 trillion for additional health budget during this pandemic. Unfortunately, it was only 3.1%. If we add that number with the initial spending on health, it is only 8.1%.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Kenneth.
 
20-30% is a huge amount of money. In your opinion, how should the government allocate that fund to improve the health of the people?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Leno.
 
Balance is the most important thing in budgeting, Leno. The health sector is important and needs a significant budget. But the other sector should receive their parts too. It is of no use when a country has superior health facility but poor transportation infrastructure.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

Health should take the higher percentage of any country’s budget.

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adharad answered 4 weeks ago

Ahmad, Unfortunately, our country allocates less funds for health. Though Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world. How can the government allocate only a few funds to the health sector. In my opinion, the government needs to increase the budget for the health sector, especially during this pandemic

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Jackson Mugarura answered 4 weeks ago

I have seen health sector as one of the less funded sectors of every economy. Here in my country, it’s the same case. Hospitals are lacking supplies during this period of Covid19. Even health worker I hear are overworked and less paid. Even their pay doesn’t come on time.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 4 weeks ago

I have seen health sector as one of the less funded sectors of every economy. Here in my country, it’s the same case. Hospitals are lacking supplies during this period of Covid19. Even health worker I hear are overworked and less paid. Even their pay doesn’t come on time.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

Nigeria government is not doing anything to help stabilize the health services.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

The government should take full responsibility on the health of their citizens. No matter how occupied and busy they are. they should not leave it for the parents of those kids alone.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

The government should take full responsibility on the health of their citizens. No matter how occupied and busy they are. they should not leave it for the parents of those kids alone.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 4 weeks ago

It would be great if the government gives free healthcare to their citizens, or less cheap to allow each citizen to afford the healthcare.i do think there are countries that offer free healthcare.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 weeks ago

Government should spend more on health than any other project in their country. I think it should be upto 25% of the budget .

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 weeks ago

No percentage for them, because is their work they are doing

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 weeks ago

Governement should spend money as much as there are a need to save lives and provide good treatment for their citizens .the healthy sector must be one of the priority of the government.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 weeks ago

In many developed countries government put healthy their first priority. The healthy sector is well equipped with good Doctors and all equipment requires to do their job.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 2 weeks ago

No percentage for them, because is their responsibility

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