This chart shows total health expenditure as a share of GDP across 34 OECD countries, including the UK, since 2000. It is similar to the chart ‘Total health expenditure as a share of GDP (2013)’, but it provides more context by presenting the data in a time series.
The countries displayed by default on the chart include the UK, the OECD average and the countries with the highest (United States) and lowest (Korea or Turkey) health expenditure as a share of GDP. The shaded region indicates the full range of spending. Other country series can be turned on and off by selecting them below the chart.
In 2013, in UK the health spending accounted for 8.5 per cent of GDP compare to 9.0 per cent on average across OECD countries. Looking over time, we also see that the UK’s health spending as a share of GDP has risen since 2000. It stood at only 6.3 per cent in 2000, but in 2013 was 8.5 per cent. This is not uncommon in OECD countries, though since the financial crisis in 2008 health spending as a share of GDP has levelled off or even fallen slightly in many OECD countries.
Data for all countries are not available for all years. If no information is available for a country in a given year, the OECD calculates the average based on the nearest available.. Additionally, there are a number of changes to the methodology indicated in the data that may not allow for a consistent comparison for all country series. Data were accurate at the time of analysis (July 2015).
The OECD revised 2013 data to include some social care spending in the UK as part of total health expenditure. This should be kept in mind when comparing these figures to previous ones.