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Health care expenditures (SHA)

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Health care expenditures (SHA)

The statistics shows consumption expenditures on health care goods and services distributed across function, provider and financing scheme. The statistics follow the international manual System of Health Accounts (SHA2011), which is made in collaboration between OECD, Eurostat and WHO. The statistics are included in OECD's annual publication Health at a Glance. The statistics is published for the first time in 2022 in Statistics Denmark's StatBank for the years 2010 to 2021. Data are consistent and comparable for the entire time period.

Statistical presentation

Health care expenditures is an annual and three-dimensional statistics of health care consumption expenditures in Denmark. The consumption expenditures are distributed across different health functions, providers and financing schemes, which makes it possible to identify what is consumed, where it is consumed, and who has financed the consumption. The statistics is shown in millions DKK.

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Statistical processing

Data for this statistic are collected annually from a number of both internal and external sources using data extracts and data deliveries. The collected data are validated on a macro level by controls of time series and different reasonableness checks. When data have been validated, the classification according to SHA2011 begins followed by imposed weights gathered from supplementary sources. Lastly, data are integrated and compiled into the final result.

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Relevance

The statistic is relevant for professionals and analysts. The statistic is included in the annual publication by OECD Health at a Glance and will be launched in OECD's database OECD.Stat. Professionals and analysts use the statistics to get a detailed overview of the consumption of health services in Denmark.

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Accuracy and reliability

The overall accuracy of the statistics is considered to be high, as the primary data sources is constituted by the general government finances. However, there are uncertainty associated with the use of a few supplementary sources such as the Household Budget Survey. Moreover, misclassifications can occur as it can be difficult to determine whether some areas are within the scope of the SHA. This implies that the uncertainty increases with the level of detail. The accuracy is therefore highest for the overall SHA-categories.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistic is published for the first time four months after the end of the reference period and without delays in relation to planned release times.

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Comparability

The reporting burden to the OECD, Eurostat, and WHO was acquired from the Ministry of Health in July 2019. The statistic produced according to European guidelines in relation to the manual System of Health Accounts (SHA2011). The statistics are fully comparable over time and across countries for the entire time period.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics is published in New from Statistics Denmark and in the StatBank under Health care expenditures. For more information see the subject page. In addition, the figures are included in OECD's annual publication Health at a Glance. Moreover, data is published by OECD, Eurostat and WHO.

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