On March 4, Minister Manastirliu stated that the health budget has increased by 77 percent. “Faktoje” concluded that this is not a real increase as claimed by the Minister of Health. According to the official data on the website of the Ministry of Finance and experts in economic affairs, it has been confirmed that the increase has amounted to 54 percent during the last 8 years.
On March 4, Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Minister of Health Ogerta Manastirliu presented the achievements of the last 8 years in the health sector. During the presentation, Minister Ogerta Manastirliu stated:
“The health budget has increased by 77 percent”
“Faktoje” searched through the data on the official website of the Ministry of Finance and found the Health reports and budgets from 2013 to 2021.
Table created by “Faktoje”, based on the data from the Ministry of Finance
Table created by “Faktoje” showing the increase by value and percentage
“Faktoje” consulted economy experts who confirmed that the increase during the 8-year period is 54%.
According to the data on the website of the Ministry of Finance, the expenditures by function for the Health sector amounted to 37.132.140 ALL in 2013 , while the envisaged amount for 2021 is 57.356.445 ALL.
The Health sector budget increase amounts to 20.224.305 ALL.
Whereas, for 2021-2013, the increase in percent is 54% not 77% as claimed by the Minister of Health Ogerta Manastirliu.
If we were to compare them in terms of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) percentage, it results that the Health expenditures amount to 2.75 % in 2013, and 3.39 % in 2021.
Based on the information obtained from the website of the Ministry of Finance, we have concluded that the statement of the Minister of Health concerning the 77 % increase in the Health budget is “False”.