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El Salvador - P4H Network
Current Health Expenditure (CHE) as % Gross Domestic Product (GDP)9.7%CHE/GDP
Out-of-pocket (OOPS) as % of Current Health Expenditure (CHE)26.7%OOP/CHE
Domestic General Government Health Expenditure (GGHE-D) as % General Government Expenditure (GGE)20%GGHE-D/GGE
Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in constant (2020) US$ per capita28.7KGDP (USD)
Population (in thousands)6.3MPopulation
Incidence of Catastrophic Health Spending at 10% Threshold (SDG 3.8.2) Total4.1%Catastrophic Health Spending

The health system comprises  the public and private sectors., The public sector  includes the Ministry of Health and the Salvadoran Social Security Institute, which together cover most of the Salvadoran population. National coverage of essential services for 2019 was estimated at 76%. 

Public spending on health represented 4.7% of GDP., which is below the 6%  the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recommends, and 17.4% of total public spending for 2019. Out-of-pocket spending on health equaled  33% of total health spending in 2020, which is relatively high and exceeds PAHO’s benchmark of 20%.  Catastrophic spending for 2018 was estimated at 1.7%.