October 2019 — 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.
Canada’s total health spending is expected to reach $264 billion in 2019, or $7,068 per Canadian.
Health spending as a share of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) is trending upward. It is estimated that health expenditures will represent 11.6% of Canada’s GDP in 2019.
Hospitals (26.6%), drugs (15.3%) and physician services (15.1%) are expected to continue to use the largest share of health dollars in 2019.
Internationally, Canada’s health spending per person in 2018 (CA$6,448) was similar to spending in Australia (CA$6,488), France (CA$6,436) and the Netherlands (CA$6,855).