February 28, 2019 — Take an in-depth look at hospital spending in Canada to discover emerging trends in the sector. Using the Canadian MIS Database (CMDB), examine data and statistics about how hospital expenditure varies by use of funds and by types of hospital care services at the provincial, territorial and international levels.

Key findings

  • Employee compensation represents approximately two-thirds of total hospital spending, accounting for almost $35 billion in 2017–2018.
  • Hospitals continue their shift to outpatient care: growth in ambulatory care (74%) and community health services (140%) has outpaced that in nursing inpatient services (60%) since 2005–2006.
  • While per capita spending on drugs in hospitals has generally increased year over year, its share of total spending has been slowly decreasing, from 4.7% in 2005–2006 to 4.2% in 2017–2018.

Hospital spending: Visualizations