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.

Key findings

  • 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).

 
 

Report and companion materials

Report

Full report with provincial/territorial and national health expenditure trends

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Briefing on health spending

A presentation of key findings of current health expenditure trends

View briefing (PPTX)

Provincial and territorial health spending

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

View provincial/territorial chartbook (PPTX)

Private-sector health spending

A chartbook of reusable graphs about private-sector health expenditure

View private-sector chartbook (PPTX)

International health spending

A chartbook of reusable graphs about international health expenditure trends

View international chartbook (PPTX)

Methodology notes

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

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Technical note

Public health and community mental health and addictions services spending: Information on how public health and community mental health and addictions services spending by governments and government agencies is captured

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Health spending data tables