November 2018 — Use the National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX) to discover how much is spent on health care annually, in what areas money is spent and on whom, and where the money comes from. Learn more about comparative expenditure data at the provincial, territorial and international levels, as well as Canadian health spending trends from 1975 to the present.
- Total health spending is forecast to reach $6,839 per Canadian in 2018, over $200 more per person than in 2017 ($6,630).
- Total health expenditure per person is expected to vary across the country from $7,552 in Alberta and $7,443 in Newfoundland and Labrador to $6,597 in British Columbia and $6,584 in Ontario.
- Internationally, Canada’s health spending per person in 2017 (CA$6,082) was similar to spending in France (CA$6,177), Australia (CA$5,725) and the United Kingdom (CA$5,373).
- Hospitals (28.3%), drugs (15.7%) and physician services (15.1%) are expected to continue to use the largest share of health dollars in 2018. Since 1997, hospitals have accounted for the most significant share of health spending, followed by drugs and physician services.