Pakistan - Domestic general government health expenditure (% of current health expenditure)

Domestic general government health expenditure (% of current health expenditure) in Pakistan was 27.90 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 16 years was 37.84 in 2002, while its lowest value was 16.27 in 2006.

Definition: Share of current health expenditures funded from domestic public sources for health. Domestic public sources include domestic revenue as internal transfers and grants, transfers, subsidies to voluntary health insurance beneficiaries, non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) or enterprise financing schemes as well as compulsory prepayment and social health insurance contributions. They do not include external resources spent by governments on health.

Source: World Health Organization Global Health Expenditure database (

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Year Value
2000 35.12
2001 35.32
2002 37.84
2003 25.02
2004 27.89
2005 21.81
2006 16.27
2007 21.33
2008 19.21
2009 21.76
2010 22.02
2011 26.09
2012 28.75
2013 27.00
2014 25.66
2015 27.54
2016 27.90

Development Relevance: Strengthening health financing is one objective of Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG target 3.c). The levels and trends of health expenditure data identify key issues such as weaknesses and strengths and areas that need investment, for instance additional health facilities, better health information systems, or better trained human resources. Health financing is also critical for reaching universal health coverage (UHC) defined as all people obtaining the quality health services they need without suffering financial hardship (SDG 3.8). The data on out-of-pocket spending is a key indicator with regard to financial protection and hence of progress towards UHC.

Original Source Notes: The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised health expenditure data using the new international classification for health expenditures in the revised System of Health Accounts (SHA 2011). WHO’s Global Health Expenditure Database in this new version i

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The health expenditure estimates have been prepared by the World Health Organization under the framework of the System of Health Accounts 2011 (SHA 2011). The Health SHA 2011 tracks all health spending in a given country over a defined period of time regardless of the entity or institution that financed and managed that spending. It generates consistent and comprehensive data on health spending in a country, which in turn can contribute to evidence-based policy-making.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Health systems