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In 2015, total health expenditure in Canada is expected to reach $219.1 billion, or $6,105 per person. It is anticipated that, overall, health spending will represent 10.9% of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).

We believe our leaders are responsible for making the best use of funds to provide Canadians with the best care. That’s why we maintain several databases that track and report health care spending, such as the National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX) and the Canadian MIS Database (CMDB). This practice provides an accurate, up-to-date assessment of spending at national, provincial/territorial and health care facility levels. It allows us to determine how much is spent on health care every year, what and whom that money is used for and where it comes from.

More on CIHI’s health spending data

Key reports and analyses

National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2015 (Oct 2015)

The report provides an overview of how much is spent on health care annually, in what areas money is spent and on whom, and where the money comes from.


Prescribed Drug Spending in Canada, 2013: A Focus on Public Drug Programs (May 2015)

This report provides an overview of prescribed drug spending in Canada using data from CIHI's National Health Expenditure Database NHEX. (formerly Drug Expenditure in Canada)


Health Spending - Nursing Homes (Nov. 2014)

This information sheet contains key messages on health spending in nursing homes including how much is spent, who is providing the care and the role of the private sector.




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