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  • Canada is among the highest spenders on health care in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at $5,782 per person in 2015.
  • That year, among 35 selected OECD countries, spending per person remained the highest in the United States, at $11,916.
  • 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 (72%).
  • Here are the numbers for 2015 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: $4,826 per person; 8.9% of GDP; 72% public/28% private
    • Canada: $5,782 per person; 10.4% of GDP; 70% public/30% private
    • United States: $11,916 per person; 16.9% of GDP; 49% public/51% private
    • France: $5,677 per person; 11.1% of GDP; 79% public/21% private
    • Germany: $6,709 per person; 11.2% of GDP; 84% public/16% private
    • Sweden: $6,601 per person; 11.0% of GDP; 84% public/16% private
    • Netherlands: $6,639 per person; 10.7% of GDP; 81% public/19% private
    • Australia: $5,631 per person; 9.4% of GDP; 67% public/33% private
    • New Zealand: $4,443 per person; 9.3% of GDP; 80% public/20% private
    • United Kingdom: $5,170 per person; 9.9% of GDP; 80% public/20% private
  • Note that these numbers reflect total current expenditure, excluding capital. Spending data is based on the System of Health Accounts.