Health expenditure: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2640.Jump to full report >>
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.
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.
Commons Briefing papers SN02640
Authors: Rachael Harker; Carl Baker