Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators


This chart shows total health care expenditure as a share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the UK from 1997. It compares this to the averages across both all European Union member states and all member countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

In 2012, total health care expenditure made up 9.4 per cent of GDP, the same as in 2011.

Mirroring trends across the OECD and EU countries, the largest annual increases in the UK were seen were in 2008 and 2009, of 0.4 and 0.9 per cent respectively. This is due to a combination of increased spending and the global financial crisis, which caused economic output (GDP) to decrease in the UK and across a number of industrialised countries.

Although it has made some gains, over this entire time period the UK has consistently spent less of a share of its GDP on health than either the EU average or the OECD average.

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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