Recent data released by ELSTAT reveals that in 2022, Greek households, amidst the pandemic, experienced a notable 6.3% surge in their health expenditures. Simultaneously, there was a corresponding increase in public expenditure in this domain.

More specifically, public healthcare expenditure rose by 5% to 10.881 billion euros, with total costs hitting 17.56 billion euros, up by around 5.4%.

Despite the government contributions, citizens bore 5.89 billion euros in costs, which marks a 6% increase from 2021.

Regarding citizens’ private health expenditures, the majority was on purchasing medications and other medical materials, reaching 2.60 billion euros in 2022 from 2.47 billion euros in 2021, marking a 4.9% increase.

Furthermore, according to ELSTAT, in 2022, Greeks spent 1.9 billion euros on hospital care, an increase of 5.8% compared to 2021, and 1.4 billion euros on payments to non-hospital care providers, an increased cost of 8.4%.

Regarding private expenses, private insurance saw a 2.7% increase in 2022 compared to the previous year, reaching 712 million euros. Private insurance primarily covered hospital care needs, which amounted to 532 million euros in 2021, up by 1.4%.

Finally, healthcare financing as a percentage of GDP decreased to 8.5% in 2022 from 9.18% in 2021, as per the Health Accounts System report.