In 2013, total health care spending in this country is projected to exceed $211 billion, or $5,988 per person. It is also expected to consume 11.2% of Canada’s gross domestic product.
We believe our leaders are responsible for making the best use of funds to provide Canadians with the best care. That’s why we maintain several databases that track and report health care spending, such as the National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX) and the Canadian MIS Database (CMDB). This practice provides an accurate, up-to-date assessment of spending at national, provincial/territorial and health care facility levels. It allows us to determine how much is spent on health care every year, what and whom that money is used for and where it comes from.
Key reports and analyses
Health care spending trends from 1975 to 2011, and spending forecasts for 2012 and 2013. This report includes international, provincial and territorial comparisons. Resources for analysts and executives are also available.
Trends in drug spending, primarily from retail establishments. Provincial and territorial comparisons are included.
This study sheds new light on the factors influencing public-sector health spending over the past decade. It reveals issues to monitor for the future and includes video and multimedia resources.
An interactive tool developed by CIHI to estimate the average cost of various services provided in hospitals. This tool provides information nationally, by jurisdiction and by patient age group.
The cost estimates represent the estimated average cost of services provided to the average patient. They include the costs incurred by the hospital in providing services but exclude physician fees.
A web-based analytical environment gives clients access to enriched, facility-identifiable data from several of our data holdings. Through dynamic content and functionality, CIHI Portal enables decision and planning support by providing the tools for customized comparative reporting.
CIHI Portal integrates four distinct services:
While demographic shifts have played a role in driving health spending, the impact has been minimal. Contrary to public perception, population aging has been a modest cost driver overall, contributing an annual average growth of only 0.8%.
Canada's per person spending on prescribed and non-prescribed drugs remains among the highest in the OECD comparator countries
However, their share of total health expenditure has steadily declined. In 2008, hospitals were expected to account for 28.0% ($48.1 billion) of total health care spending, down from 30.7% in 1998 and 44.7% in 1975.
According to OECD Health Data 2008, the average number of physicians per 1,000 people in countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) increased from 2.4 in 1990 to 3.1 in 2006. Over the same period, the ratio in Canada remained steady at 2.1. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada maintain the Canadian segment of the OECD Health Database, contributing national data on health care spending, health care services and the health status of the population.