In 2016, total health expenditure in Canada is expected to reach $228 billion, or $6,299 per person. It is anticipated that, overall, health spending will represent 11% of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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.

More on CIHI’s health spending data

Key reports and analyses

Understanding Variability in the Cost of a Standard Hospital Stay
This report explores observed variability in the indicator Cost of a Standard Hospital Stay, considering such things as staff mix, teaching status and facility size.

National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2016 (Dec 2016)
This report provides an overview of how much is spent on health care annually, what and who the money is being spent on, and where the money comes from.

Prescribed Drug Spending in Canada, 2016: A Focus on Public Drug Programs (Dec 2016)
This report provides an in-depth look at public drug program spending in 2015 using data from CIHI’s National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System (NPDUIS) Database.

Health Spending - Nursing Homes (Nov 2014)
This information sheet contains key messages on health spending in nursing homes including how much is spent, who is providing the care and the role of the private sector.