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Health > Total expenditure as % of GDP: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff editor

Author: Edria Murray, 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
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,

education

and
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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 States 13.9% of GDP 2001
2 Switzerland 10.9% of GDP 2001
3 Germany 10.8% of GDP 2001
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 9.59% of GDP 2001
4 Canada 9.4% of GDP 2001
5 Greece 9.4% of GDP 2001
6 France 9.4% of GDP 2001
7 Portugal 9.3% of GDP 2001
8 Iceland 9.2% of GDP 2001
9 Australia 9.1% of GDP 2001
10 Belgium 9% of GDP 2001
11 Sweden 8.8% of GDP 2001
12 Denmark 8.6% of GDP 2001
13 Netherlands 8.5% of GDP 2001
High income OECD countries average (profile) 8.45% of GDP 2001
14 Italy 8.3% of GDP 2001
15 Norway 8.1% of GDP 2001
16 New Zealand 8% of GDP 2001
17 Japan 7.8% of GDP 2001
18 Austria 7.6% of GDP 2001
19 United Kingdom 7.5% of GDP 2001
20 Spain 7.5% of GDP 2001
21 Hungary 7.4% of GDP 2001
22 Czech Republic 7.3% of GDP 2001
23 Finland 7% of GDP 2001
24 Ireland 6.9% of GDP 2001
25 Mexico 6% of GDP 2001
26 Poland 6% of GDP 2001
27 Luxembourg 5.9% of GDP 2001
28 Slovakia 5.6% of GDP 2001

Citation

"Countries Compared by Health > Total expenditure as % of GDP. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Health Data 2004. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Health/Total-expenditure-as-%-of-GDP

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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, Staff editor

Edria Murray, Staff editor

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