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Public and private per capita health expenditure in selected countries 2016

The public and private per capita health expenditure differs significantly by country. As of 2016, the United States had the highest private per capita spending worldwide while the public health expenditures were relatively in range with other developed countries. In the same year, Luxembourg had the highest public expenditures on health globally.

Health expenditures globally

Health expenditures include the consumption of health goods, services and public health programs as well as insurance and government spending. Globally, health expenditures are on the rise. Among all countries the average per capita health expenditure is projected to double from the 2015 totals by the year 2040. Despite the growing expenditures, there are still countries with relatively low health expenditures. The countries with the lowest governmental health expenditure include Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan.

Health expenditures spotlight: the U.S.

In 2017 the U.S. national health expenditure was at an all-time high. However, the projections indicate that total health expenditures will increase even more. The per capita health expenditures for the U.S. looked equally as grim with 2019 projected to be the most expensive year for health care on record. Despite having seen a significant increase in the total cost of health care in the U.S., trends indicate that the annual percentage change in health expenditures is decreasing over time.

Public and private per capita health expenditure in selected countries in 2016

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Release date

November 2017



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Supplementary notes

All values are from 2016 or latest years available. Expenditure excludes investments, unless otherwise stated. Dollar amounts use purchasing power parity (PPP).
Public expenditure includes government/compulsory, private expenditure includes voluntary/out-of-pocket.
* Australian expenditure estimates exclude all expenditure for residential aged care facilities in welfare (social) services.
** Including investments.

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