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Health expenditure in England and the UK: Social Indicators page

Published Monday, November 27, 2017

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

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The Government spent £120.5 billion on the NHS in England in 2016/17; a +0.5% increase in real terms on 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 in 2015.

 Health Expenditure as percentage of GDP

Japan and Germany spent the highest percentage of GDP on health in 2015: 9.5% and 9.4% respectively.

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.

Health Expenditure UK Public Spending

Commons Briefing papers SN02640

Authors: Rachael Harker; Carl Baker

Topics: Health finance, Health services, Public expenditure

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