Proportion of population spending more than 10% of household consumption or income on out-of-pocket health care expenditure (%)

Definition: Proportion of population spending more than 10% of household consumption or income on out-of-pocket health care expenditure, expressed as a percentage of a total population of a country

Description: The map below shows how Proportion of population spending more than 10% of household consumption or income on out-of-pocket health care expenditure (%) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Lebanon, with a value of 44.85. The country with the lowest value in the world is Zambia, with a value of 0.29.

Source: Wagstaff et al. Progress on catastrophic health spending: results for 133 countries. A retrospective observational study, Lancet Global Health 2017

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Development Relevance: Universal Health Coverage is a Sustainable Development Goal, and the prevalence of catastrophic out-of-pocket health expenditure is an indicator (3.8.2)

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Out-of-pocket payments are those made by people at the time of getting any type of service (preventive, curative, rehabilitative, palliative or long-term care) provided by any type of provider. They include cost-sharing (the part not covered by a third party like an insurer) and informal payments, but they exclude insurance premiums. Out-of-pocket payments exclude any reimbursement by a third party, such as the government, a health insurance fund or a private insurance company. Out-of-pocket payments are defined as catastrophic at the 10% threshold when they represent 10% or more of total consumption or income

Aggregation method: Weighted Average

Periodicity: Annual