Share of Out of Pocket Payments

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The heat map above shows the share of out-of-pocket payments as a percentage of the total health expenditure for inpatient care and basic medical services. Theoretically in most OECD countries inpatient care and basic medical services are covered by basic primary health coverage, such as, tax-financed health insurance, social insurance etc. However, in practice people face constraints to provision of basic health care and in some cases may turn to private providers through informal out-of-pocket payments. To see a breakdown of out-of-pocket payments for inpatient care and basic medical services, please click on any country (source: OECD).