How does Canada’s health spending compare internationally?

Canada’s per-person spending on health care was among the highest in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in 2014

How does Canada's health spending compare?
Country Cost per person Percentage of GDP % Public % Private

Notes

Total current expenditure (capital excluded). Expenditure data is based on the System of Health Accounts.

OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

2014 is the most recent year of data available.

Source

OECD Health Statistics 2016 (June edition).

OECD (average) $4,463 9.0% 73% 27%
United States $11,126 16.6% 49% 51%
Sweden $6,245 11.2% 83% 17%
France $5,384 11.1% 79% 21%
Germany $6,311 11.0% 85% 15%
Netherlands $6,505 10.9% 81% 19%
Canada $5,543 10.0% 71% 29%
United Kingdom $4,896 9.9% 80% 20%
New Zealand $4,361 9.4% 80% 20%
Australia $5,187 9.0% 67% 33%

Highlights

  • In 2014, the latest year for which data is available, spending per person on health care remained highest in the United States (CA$11,126).
  • Canada was among the highest spenders in 2014, at CA$5,543 per person.
  • Canada’s per-person spending on health care was less than the Netherland's (CA$6,505), and more than that in France (CA$5,384), Australia (CA$5,187) and the United Kingdom (CA$4,896).