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The sum of outlays for health maintenance, restoration or enhancement paid for in cash or supplied in kind by governmental entities, such as the ministry of health, other ministries, parastatal organizations or social security agencies (without double-counting governmental transfers to social security and extrabudgetary funds). Such expenditure includes transfer payments to households to offset medical care costs and extrabudgetary funds to finance health services and goods. The revenue base of such entities may comprise multiple sources, including external funds. General government expenditure corresponds to the consolidated outlays of all levels of government: territorial authorities (central/federal government, provincial/regional/State/district authorities, municipal/local government), social security institutions and extrabudgetary funds, including capital outlays. Expressed as the percentage of government expenditure.

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Total health expenditure Number of hospital beds, per 10,000 pop Private health expenditure Number of nursing and midwifery personnel

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