Healthcare expenditure in the United Kingdom 1997-2017, by sector

Healthcare spending in the United Kingdom (UK) in both sectors has increased since 1997, although spending in the public sector has increased at a faster rate. By 2017, public healthcare expenditure in the UK stood at to 138.7 billion British pounds, compared to 32.5 billion British pounds in the private sector.

Health expenditure in the UK compared to Europe 

In 2016, the UK spent just under ten percent of its GDP on healthcare. In comparison to other European countries, this ranked the UK tenth in terms of health expenditure in 2016. Top of the list was Switzerland, which spent 12.2 percent of its’ GDP on healthcare in this year.  

Performance of the public health sector in UK 

The majority of people questioned in a survey in the UK, 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.   

Healthcare expenditure in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1997 to 2017 (In billion GBP), by sector

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Release date

April 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

1997 to 2016

Age group

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