Source: OECD Health Statistics 2015

This chart shows total health expenditure as a share of GDP across 30 OECD countries, including the UK.

Total health spending accounted for 8.5 per cent of GDP in the UK in 2013, less than the OECD average of 9.0 per cent. European countries to which the United Kingdom is often compared, like France and Germany, typically spend a greater proportion of national income on health.

The United States spends by far the most on health as a share of its economy, at 16.4 per cent of its GDP in 2013. In the same year, Turkey spent the least, with only 5.1 per cent of its GDP going toward health. Historical data is available in our chart ‘Health spending as a share of GDP among OECD countries (2000-2013)’.

The figures include both public and private spending on current health care expenditure only. The data were accurate at the time of analysis (July 2015).

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