This chart shows total health expenditure as a share of GDP across 30 OECD countries, including the UK.
In 2014, total health spending accounted for 9.9 per cent of GDP in the UK, more than the OECD average of 9.0 per cent. This is a change from recent years where the UK was seen to spend less than average. This change results mainly from a difference in methodology, which now includes some of the UK's social care spending as contrinbuting to total health expenditure. European countries to which the United Kingdom is often compared, like France and Germany, typically spend a greater proportion of national income on health.
The United States spends by far the most on health as a share of its economy, at 16.6 per cent of its GDP in 2014. In the same year, Turkey spent the least, with only 5.1 per cent of its GDP going toward health. Historical data is available in our chart ‘Health spending as a share of GDP among OECD countries (2000-2013)’.
The figures include both public and private spending on current health care expenditure only. The data were accurate at the time of analysis (January 2017).
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 looking at time series data.
This chart was updated from 2013 to 2014 data and was correct at the time of analysis. Please note that the OECD has changed its methodology for tracking health care spending in the UK. It has added on some of the social care spend to the total health expenditure. This has changed the UK’s position with relation to the OECD average – whereas before it was seen to be below average, it is now considered above average, though still less than neighbouring countries like France and Germany.