In 2021, current health expenditure grew by 12.2%, reaching 11.2% of GDP (0.7 p.p. more than in 2020), the highest level in the available series that began in 2000. The continuation of the pandemic situation and the recovery of the health care activity of providers contributed to the significant increase in public (+11.0%) and private (+14.7%) current expenditure. 

In 2020, the Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) of public providers increased by 32.6%, which compares with a decrease of 1.6% in the total GFCF of the economy. In that year the 62.5% increase in GFCF of public, general and specialised hospitals was highlighted.

Social Security support allocated to health care providers under the COVID-19 exceptional measures totalled €76.8 million euros in 2020. Around 48% was paid to private ambulatory health care providers. An estimated €34.6 million euros was allocated in 2021.

See also the infographic Health Expenditure in Portugal

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