National Health Expenditures: How does Canada’s health spending compare internationally?

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How does Canada’s health spending compare internationally?

Canada’s per-person spending on health care was among the top quartile in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in 2013

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

Notes

2013 is the year of most recent available data.

* Total current expenditure (capital excluded)

Cost per person: $US.

Source

OECD Health Statistics 2015 (June edition).

OECD (average) $3,566 9.2% 74% 26%
Australia* $4,115 9.4% 68% 32%
Canada $4,569 10.7% 71% 29%
Denmark $4,847 11.1% 84% 16%
France $4,361 11.6% 79% 21%
Germany $4,920 11.2% 76% 24%
Finland $3,645 9.1% 75% 25%
Japan $3,713 10.2% 83% 17%
United Kingdom $3,364 808% 87% 13%
United States $9,086 17.1% 48% 52%

Highlights

  • In 2013, the latest year for which data is available, spending per person on health care remained highest in the United States (US$9,086).
  • Canada was among the highest spenders in 2013, at US$4,569 per person.
  • Canada’s per-person spending on health care was less than Denmark’s (US$4,847), and more than that in France (US$4,361), Australia (US$4,115) and the United Kingdom (US$3,364).

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