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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

Prescribed Drug Spending in Canada 2012 Report (Apr. 2014)

This report provides an overview of prescribed drug spending in Canada using data from CIHI's National Health Expenditure Database NHEX. (formerly Drug Expenditure in Canada)

National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2013 (Oct. 2013)

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.

Health Care Cost Drivers: The Facts. (Nov. 2011)

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.