Healthcare spending rose 3.2% last year

Spending on healthcare rose 3.2% last year, compared with 2010, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday. In total, €90bn was spent on healthcare and welfare services, the CBS said.

The rise is less sharp than in previous years. Between 2004 and 2008, healthcare spending rose 6.4%, before gradually reducing.
Healthcare accounts for almost 15% of gross domestic product, the CBS said. Wages account for the bulk of spending.