Healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP in the United Kingdom 1997 to 2017

Total healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP in the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2017

by Conor Stewart, last edited Sep 18, 2019
Healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP in the United Kingdom 1997 to 2017 Healthcare spending in the United Kingdom (UK) as a share of the gross domestic product (GDP) has increased since 1997, when it was a 6.2 percent. By 2017, healthcare expenditure in the UK amounted to 9.6 percent of the GDP. Healthcare expenditure experienced a small decline between 2009 and 2012 before increasing again in 2013.

Health expenditure in the UK compared to Europe

  In comparison to other European countries in 2016, the UK ranked tenth highest in terms of health care spending as a share of the GDP. Top of the list was Switzerland, which spent 12.2 percent of its’ GDP on healthcare in this year. While Germany and France both spent over eleven percent on health.

Performance of the NHS in the UK

Individuals in the UK still regard the NHS as a world class health service and remain happy with the high level of care provided by the organization. Although waiting times have been getting worse in the A&E department over the years. The NHS has been falling behind the target that 95 percent of patients should be seen within four hours of arrival. As a result, the primary reasons for dissatisfaction with the NHS among the public are the length of time required to get a GP or hospital appointment and the lack of staff.   
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Total healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP in the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2017

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