Slovenia ranks third in EU in healthcare expenditure

Ljubljana, 27 November - Slovenia allocated 8.6% of its GDP for healthcare and sick leaves in 2022, which is 0.1 percentage points more than in 2021 and the third highest share in the EU, shows data published by Eurostat. The average expenditure for the 24 countries that submitted the data is 8.1% of GDP, down 0.4 percentage points from the year before.

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Ahead of Slovenia were France with 10% of its GDP spent on healthcare and sick leaves and Germany with 9.7%. Countries that earmarked the lowest share of GDP for this purpose were Bulgaria (4.2%), Ireland (4.6%), Hungary and Lithuania (both 4.7%).

Nearly all EU member states allocated a lower share of GDP for healthcare and sick leaves in 2022 compared to 2021. Bulgaria saw the largest decrease, at -1.1 percentage points, while Slovenia and Luxembourg (+0.3 percentage points) were the only countries that recorded an increase.

According to Eurostat, the data comes from early estimates on social protection expenditure and is provided by the reporting countries on a voluntary basis.

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