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.

Key findings

  • Total health spending is forecast to reach $6,604 per Canadian in 2017, almost $200 more per person than in 2016 ($6,419).
  • Total health expenditure per person is expected to vary across the country from $7,378 in Newfoundland and Labrador and $7,329 in Alberta to $6,367 in Ontario and $6,321 in British Columbia.
  • Internationally, Canada’s health spending per person in 2015 (CA$5,782) was similar to spending in France (CA$5,677), Australia (CA$5,631) and the United Kingdom (CA$5,170).
  • Hospitals (28.3%), drugs (16.4%) and physician services (15.4%) are expected to continue to use the largest share of health dollars in 2017. Since 1997, hospitals have accounted for the most significant share of health spending, followed by drugs and physician services.

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Report and companion materials


Full report with provincial/territorial and national health expenditure trends

View full report (PDF)

Drug spending at a glance

How much do Canadians spend on drugs? Learn more about drug spending at a glance.

Briefing on health spending

A presentation of key findings of current health expenditure trends

Provincial and territorial health spending

A chartbook of reusable graphs about provincial and territorial health expenditure trends

International health spending

A chartbook of reusable graphs about international health expenditure trends

Methodology notes

NHEX definitions, data sources, limitations and revisions to help you understand and interpret the analysis in the report

Technical notes

Home care spending: Information on how home care spending in Canada is captured

Public health spending: Information on how public health spending by governments and government agencies is captured


Health spending data tables

Macro-level health expenditure data tables, by province and territory and by year. Download these Excel files as a full set or individually.

Full data tables

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Individual data tables

Appendices A to D

Series A

Series B

Series C

Series D: Expenditure by use of funds in province/territory

Series E: Provincial/territorial government expenditure by age and sex

Series F

Series G

Series H

Open data on health spending

Modifiable data set that can be freely used

View open data (Excel)

Quick Stats