In 2017, an increase in total expenditure for social protection
EUR 9,728 million was spent on social protection schemes in Slovenia in 2017, which is 3.5% more than in 2016. The increase in total expenditure was marked the most by higher expenditure in the sickness and health care function, the old age function and the family and children function.
In 2017, too, almost a quarter of GDP for social protection
In 2017, 22.6% of GDP was spent on social protection, which is 0.7 of a percentage point less than in 2016. So, despite nominal growth of social protection expenditure in 2017, its share in GDP decreased mainly due to higher nominal growth of GDP.
In 2017, the order of functions for which the largest share of GDP was spent (around 19%) was the same as a year before, yet with slightly different shares. Namely: old age (9.2%; 0.4 of a percentage point lower GDP share than in the previous year), sickness and health care (7.6%; the same share), and family and children (1.8%; 0.1 of a percentage point higher GDP share).
In the total structure of social protection, in 2017 the share for family and children function with the most notable increase
In 2017, the greatest amount (i.e. EUR 3,969 million or a little more than two fifths of total expenditure for social benefits) was spent on the old age function. Compared to the previous year, the share was 0.4 of a percentage point lower. Then ranked the sickness and health care function (0.7 of a percentage point higher) with EUR 3,253 million or a third of total expenditure. The share of expenditure for family and children increased the most notably in comparison with the previous year, by 0.8 of a percentage point; followed by survivors’ and disability functions. In total about 6% was spent on the social exclusion not elsewhere classified, unemployment and housing (subsidies for housing rent).
Compared to the previous year, in 2017 expenditure grew for these functions: family and children (by 13.8%), followed by sickness and health care (by 5.8%), and old age (by 2.5%). On the other hand, expenditure for functions unemployment, disability and survivors’ decreased.
The largest, two-thirds source of funding social protection schemes were social contributions
In 2017, social contributions amounted to EUR 6,670 million or slightly more than two thirds of receipts for social protection schemes. The largest part of those was social contributions of the insured persons (EUR 4,016 million or 41.9%), followed by social contributions of the employers (EUR 2,654 million or 27.7%). Both shares together increased compared to the previous year (by 1.4 p. p.), mainly as the result of the decrease in general government contributions (from EUR 2,824 million to EUR 2,779 million or by 1.6 p.p. in share).
About the same number of pension beneficiaries compared to 2016
In accordance with the European ESSPROS methodology, the number of pension beneficiaries in 2017 was 639,918 or about the same as in the previous year. In the context of individual pension categories, the number of beneficiaries of old age pensions and survivors’ pensions increased over the previous year (by 0.9% and 0.3%, respectively), while the number of beneficiaries of disability pensions decreased (by 9.2%).