Where are Canada’s health care dollars going?
More than 60% of total health care dollars are being spent on hospitals, drugs and physician services
Spending categories and percentages of total:
- Administration 2.9%
- Capital 4.0%
- Dental care 6.2%
- Drugs 15.7%
- Hospitals 29.5%
- Other 6.2%
- Other institutions 10.7%
- Other professionals 1.8%
- Physicians 15.5%
- Public health 5.5%
- Vision care 2.0%
- Hospitals (29.5%), drugs (15.7%) and physician services (15.5%) continue to account for the largest shares of health dollars.
- Of the remaining 40% of health expenditure, long-term care (Other) institutions account for 10.7% of the total, while allied health professionals (Dental, Vision, Other) account for 10.0%.
- Physician spending as a percentage of total health expenditure started edging down in 1988. However, this trend reversed in the mid-2000s. Since 2007, physician spending as a share of total health care spending has increased. In 2015, the share of 15.5% is comparable with levels seen in the late 1980s.