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Health > Total expenditure as % of GDP: Countries Compared

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

Healthcare spending is one indicator of the

level of resourcing of a nation\'s health care system.

Comparing healthcare spending with GDP can indicate the importance of health according to

government policy makers.



To compare priorities for government spending,

comparison should be made with spending in other

areas such as
href=\"/graph/mil_exp_per_of_gdp\">military
,

education

and
href=\"/graph/eco_soc_sec_exp_as_of_gdp\">social

security
.



To gain a better overview of healthcare

resourcing, other resourcing indicators such as

the number of healthcare professionals (
href=/graph/hea_nur>nurses
and
href=/graph/hea_pra_phy>practising

physicians
) per capita and
href=/graph/hea_spe_per_per>spending per

person
should be consulted.

DEFINITION: Total expenditure on health in the country given as a percentage of its GDP (Data for 2001)..

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United StatesUnited States 13.9% of GDP 2001
2 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 10.9% of GDP 2001
3 GermanyGermany 10.8% of GDP 2001
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 9.59% of GDP 2001
4 CanadaCanada 9.4% of GDP 2001
5 GreeceGreece 9.4% of GDP 2001
6 FranceFrance 9.4% of GDP 2001
7 PortugalPortugal 9.3% of GDP 2001
8 IcelandIceland 9.2% of GDP 2001
9 AustraliaAustralia 9.1% of GDP 2001
10 BelgiumBelgium 9% of GDP 2001
11 SwedenSweden 8.8% of GDP 2001
12 DenmarkDenmark 8.6% of GDP 2001
13 NetherlandsNetherlands 8.5% of GDP 2001
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 8.45% of GDP 2001
14 ItalyItaly 8.3% of GDP 2001
15 NorwayNorway 8.1% of GDP 2001
16 New ZealandNew Zealand 8% of GDP 2001
17 JapanJapan 7.8% of GDP 2001
18 AustriaAustria 7.6% of GDP 2001
19 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 7.5% of GDP 2001
20 SpainSpain 7.5% of GDP 2001
21 HungaryHungary 7.4% of GDP 2001
22 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 7.3% of GDP 2001
23 FinlandFinland 7% of GDP 2001
24 IrelandIreland 6.9% of GDP 2001
25 MexicoMexico 6% of GDP 2001
26 PolandPoland 6% of GDP 2001
27 LuxembourgLuxembourg 5.9% of GDP 2001
28 SlovakiaSlovakia 5.6% of GDP 2001

Citation

"All countries compared for Health > Total expenditure as % of GDP", OECD Health Data 2004. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Health/Total-expenditure-as-%-of-GDP

Health > Total expenditure as % of GDP: Countries Compared Map

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Healthcare spending is one indicator of the

level of resourcing of a nation\'s health care system.

Comparing healthcare spending with GDP can indicate the importance of health according to

government policy makers.



To compare priorities for government spending,

comparison should be made with spending in other

areas such as
href=\"/graph/mil_exp_per_of_gdp\">military
,

education

and
href=\"/graph/eco_soc_sec_exp_as_of_gdp\">social

security
.



To gain a better overview of healthcare

resourcing, other resourcing indicators such as

the number of healthcare professionals (
href=/graph/hea_nur>nurses
and
href=/graph/hea_pra_phy>practising

physicians
) per capita and
href=/graph/hea_spe_per_per>spending per

person
should be consulted.

Posted on 21 Feb 2005

Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

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