Preserving of Universal Health Coverage

According to the World Health Organization, Sri Lanka’s expenditure on health (both public and private) reached just 3.5% of the country’s GDP in 2014, whereas the total expenditure on health per capita is $369. This achievement is mainly driven by the effective public delivery system, which provide both a preventative and curative care at low costs. Free treatment to all citizens, inclusive of all preventative care and most inpatient treatment in the public care sector.

According to a report by the Oxford Business Group, the public system currently provides 95% of inpatient care and 50% of outpatient care. The remainder is performed by the private sector. Attending the 71 st World Health Assembly in Geneva, the Health Minister in Sri Lanka Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated that the government of Sri Lanka has taken upon itself to preserve the free Universal Health Care system by aiding in reforming the access and coverage required for demanding health needs such as non-communicable diseases, mental health, cancers, elderly, nutritional related challenges and many more.

Furthermore, he further emphasized on the current policies in strengthening primary health care system and highlighted the necessary measure to be implemented by the government to support the Universal Health Care policy.