Health expenditures continue to balloon

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BRUNEI’S health expenditure exceeded the national health budget by $33 million in 2011/2012, according to information based on the Health Information Booklet released last month by the Ministry of Health.

The total health budget for the period of 2011/2012 was placed at $306.85 million while the health expenditure for the same period was listed at $339.96 million.

The booklet stated that expenditure from the 2010/2011 to the 2011/2012 period also rose by $7 million, while the budget was increased by $11 million in the same period.

As a percentage of GDP, the health budget for 2011/2012 was listed at 1.46 per cent and expenditure for the same period was 1.62 per cent. The 2010/2011 period had 1.75 per cent of GDP as the health budget and 1.97 per cent of GDP as health expenditure. Per capita health expenditure is stated as $864 in 2011/2012, compared to $860 in 2010/2011.

Since 2006, health expenditures have been rising and always exceeded the set yearly budgets. Information on expenditure from 2013 isnot available yet.

During the Ninth Legislative Council in 2013 the total proposed budget for the Ministry of Health (MoH) for the 2013/2014 fiscal year stands at at $366,479,400, up 5.3 per cent or $18,722,400 from $347,757,000 for the 2012/2013 fiscal year.

The Minister of Health during the legislative council session, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof, said that part of the budget will be used for payroll and transfer of new doctor service scheme payment.

The budget also includes provisions for creations of additional posts in the medical professions and the additonal allocation of recurring expenditure.

The breakdown the minister has given is that a new figure of $4.5 million is allocated for the ministry’s Purchasing and Procurement Section, this means an increase of $500,000 from the previous financial year.

Also, $7.5 million will be used for medicine of renal patients at the Renal Service Department, this is also an increase of $500,000 from the previous fiscal year.

The allocation of $10 million will go to the Laboratory Service Department for its supply and service after an additional $3 million was allotted.

Meanwhile, $700,000 will be used for the operation on Health Promotion, this means an increase of $200,000 from the previous budget.

The medical supply and medicine services account for $57 million of the new budget. The computer maintenance service is set at $2 million, with $1.5 million slated for skill and capacity services.

Under the special expenditure, the minister said, $5 million is to cater for the outbreak of contagious diseases; $7.8 million for the purchase of appliances and equipment for hospital, health centre, dental services, renal services, health, pharmacy and laboratory.

Meanwhile, another $3,325,000 will be allocated for infrastructure supply, including upgrading offices, hospitals, health centres and health clinics.

The Brunei Times