National Health Accounts (NHA)

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The Central government recently refuted the news reports claiming inaccuracies in NHA and reduction in out-of-pocket expenditure by terming it “misleading and incorrect.”


  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that the recent NHA estimates (2018-19) show a substantial reduction in out-of-pocket expenditure (OOPE), reaffirming the government’s commitment towards easing the citizens’ financial burden.
  • It further said that the main source of information for OOPE was based on NSO data of 2017-18 whereas the previous estimates were based on 2014.


What is National Health Accounts (NHA)?

  • It provide detailed information on expenditure incurred within the health sector of the country. It is a tool to describe health expenditures and the flow of funds in both Government and private sector in the country.
  • The NHA estimates are prepared by using an accounting framework based on the internationally accepted standard of System of Health Accounts, 2011, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • NHA 2018-19 is the 6th round of estimates in the series of annual Health Accounts for India.
  • It is published by the National Health Systems Resource Centre under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


Source : PIB