Compared to other countries in the European Union, Poland spent the least on health care in 2020 in relation to GDP, according to data published by Eurostat. All Member States recorded an increase in funds transferred in relation to GDP, except for Poland, which was the only one to record a negative result.
The report published by Eurostat summarizes the expenditure allocated to health care in the EU countries, comparing 2019 and 2020 with each other. It shows that Poland allocated the least funds (4.8% of GDP) to health services in 2020 among all EU countries.
In addition, only in Poland in 2020 out of all EU countries, expenditure on health care in relation to GDP was lower than in 2019 (-0.3 pp). The authors of the report indicate that although the funds allocated by states to the health service increased throughout the European Union, the result could have been influenced by the nominal decrease in GDP as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
👵🏽🚑 In the EU, for which 2020 estimates are available, social protection sickness & healthcare expenditure was highest in:
🇩🇪Germany: 11.2% of GDP
🇪🇪 Estonia: 5.1%
🇱🇹Lithuania & 🇱🇻Latvia: 5.2%
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Our western neighbors donated the most money to health care in relation to GDP in 2020. The Germans provided a total of 11.2 percent. GDP. The two-digit index has also reached France (10% of GDP). Belgium came third (8.8%).
The lowest expenditure on health care (in relation to GDP) was recorded in the Baltic states. Apart from Poland, the report ends with Estonia (5.1% of GDP), Lithuania and Latvia (5.2% of GDP in both cases).
Comparing the expenditure of funds transferred in 2019 and 2020, the highest percentage increase y / y in relation to GDP was recorded in Cyprus (2.2 pp). Belgium is right behind Cyprus (+1.3 pp y / y) and our southern neighbors – the Czechs (+1.2 pp y / y).