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Health expenditure in England and the UK: Social Indicators page

Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Health expenditure: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2640.

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The government spent £120.5 bn on the NHS in England in 2016/17;  a 0.8% increase in real terms on the 2015/16 expenditure.

According to the OECD, total health expenditure in the UK in 2015 amounted to 9.8% of GDP, of which 7.7% was government spending. The UK’s government spending as a percentage of GDP ranked 12th out of the 35 OECD countries with available data for 2015.


The Government estimates that UK public spending on health represented 7.4% of GDP in 2016/17, this compares with 7.3% in the previous year.



Commons Briefing papers SN02640

Author: Rachael Harker

Topics: Health finance, Health services, Public expenditure

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