Health­care ex­pense in 2016 at RO793mn

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The Min­istry of Health (MoH), rep­re­sented by the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion & Sta­tis­tics of the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Plan­ning and Stud­ies (DGP&S), is­sued the An­nual Health Re­port 2016.

The re­port high­lights the achieve­ments of the health sec­tor in the sul­tanate in ad­di­tion to the most re­mark­able health and vi­tal in­di­ca­tors. The re­port is dis­tinct as it in­cludes a syn­op­sis of Health Vi­sion 2050.

The re­port con­tains ten chap­ters that in­volve an in­tro­duc­tion of the de­mo­graphic and ge­o­graphic char­ac­ter­is­tics of the sul­tanate, the ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­ture of the Min­istry of Health and sum­mary of the Health Vi­sion 2050.

It also presents health in­di­ca­tors since 1970 fol­lowed by de­tails re­gard­ing health re­sources that in­clude the use and dis­tri­bu­tion of health­care in­sti­tu­tions, health work­force, the fi­nan­cial as­pects, projects, and hu­man re- sources devel­op­ment.

The re­port also ad­dresses the health sta­tus and achieve­ments of the var­i­ous health fields in the Ninth Five-Year Plan, as well as de­scrib­ing the sta­tus of mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity. The tenth chap­ter in­cludes the health ser­vices by other health­care providers. The re­port con­cludes with a glos­sary and def­i­ni­tions as well as a list of stud­ies per­formed by MoH.

The ex­pen­di­ture of the Min­istry of Health has seen a re­mark­able in­crease over the years to keep pace with the needs of the pop­u­la­tion growth re­quire­ments and ex­pan­sion of health ser­vices both quan­ti­ta­tively and qual­i­ta­tively, in ad­di­tion to the change of dis­ease pat­terns and the in­creas­ing cost of health­care ser­vices.

How­ever, the re­port shows that the to­tal ex­pen­di­tures of MoH for 2016 was RO792.96mn com­pared to about RO892.2mn in the pre­vi­ous year with a 11.1 per cent de­crease.

Devel­op­ment ex­pen­di­tures ac­counted for RO35mn and re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­tures were RO757.96mn. The per­cent­age of MoH ex­pen­di­tures to the to­tal gov­ern­ment ex­pen­di­tures has reached 6.3 per cent.

Re­gard­ing the man­power devel­op­ment in the health­care field, the re­port shows that by the end of 2016, the num­ber of MoH work­ers reached 39,197 with 69 per cent Oman­i­sa­tion.

As for the vi­tal in­di­ca­tors, the crude birth rate de­creased in 2016 to reach 33.7 (per 1,000 pop­u­la­tion) while the crude death rate was 3.0 (per 1,000 pop­u­la­tion). More­over, the in­fant mor­tal­ity rate de­creased to 9.2 per 1,000 live births.

The re­port high­lights the achieve­ments of the health sec­tor and the most re­mark­able health and vi­tal in­di­ca­tors

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