Back to National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2018

Text version of infographic

  • Canada is among the highest spenders on health care in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at $6,082 per person in 2017.
  • That year, among 36 selected OECD countries, spending per person remained the highest in the United States, at $12,865.
  • Although Canada was above the OECD average in terms of per-person spending on health care, our public-sector share of total health expenditure (70%) was below the OECD average (73%).
  • Here are the numbers for 2017 per-person spending in Canadian dollars, health spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) and the public/private split for the OECD as a whole and 9 selected OECD countries, including Canada:
    • OECD: $5,055 per person; 8.8% of GDP; 73% public/27% private
    • Canada: $6,082 per person; 10.4% of GDP; 70% public/30% private
    • United States: $12,865 per person; 17.2% of GDP; 82% public/18% private
    • France: $6,177 per person; 11.5% of GDP; 83% public/17% private
    • Germany: $7,218 per person; 11.3% of GDP; 85% public/15% private
    • Sweden: $6,944 per person; 10.9% of GDP; 84% public/16% private
    • Netherlands: $6,786 per person; 10.1% of GDP; 81% public/19% private
    • Australia: $5,725 per person; 9.1% of GDP; 68% public/32% private
    • New Zealand: $4,641 per person; 9.0% of GDP; 79% public/21% private
    • United Kingdom: $5,373 per person; 9.7% of GDP; 78% public/22% private
  • Note that these numbers reflect total current expenditure, excluding capital. Spending data is based on the System of Health Accounts.