Source: Office For National Statistics


This chart shows the trend in total UK health expenditure broken down into publicly- and privately-funded elements, using 1997 as a base year.

Since 2000, the highest annual public expenditure growth was 7.7 per cent in 2004.

The highest private expenditure growth was 11.3 per cent in 2007.

After 2004, the strongest annual growth rate in the public sector was of 6.3 per cent in 2009. In the same year, private expenditure fell by 5.6 per cent.

Public sector spending represents all NHS spending, including on contracted private services.

Private sector spending includes private capital, consumer expenditure and spending on private health care by insurance companies, and expenditure on health services provided by non-profit institutions serving households.

The chart uses data from the Office for National Statistics, adjusted to 2013 prices using the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) deflator from HM Treasury.

About the series

This chart is part of a wider series: The NHS in numbers, which aims to provide key facts and figures on the performance and funding of the NHS in England, plus the other home nations where comparable data is available. Charts in this series will be updated on an annual basis. Find out more about the update schedule, as well as the data sources used.

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