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Governmental health spending per capita in Canada by province 2019

The amount of government spending per capita in Canada is highly depending on territory or region. As of 2018, Nunavut had the highest government health expenditures per capita among all territories and provinces with some 15,510 Canadian dollars being spent on health care per capita. Ontario, on the other hand, had one of the lowest government health expenditures per capita with some 4,385 Canadian dollars being spent per person.

Health spending in Canada

Canada is one of the countries with the highest health expenditures globally. Other countries include the U.S., Germany, and France. Health care spending in Canada, much like the rest of the world, has been increasing. Recent data suggests that hospitals, drugs and physicians account for the largest proportions of health care spending in Canada.

Canadian medication costs

Despite being one of the top health expenses in Canada, the expenditures on drugs as a percentage of the total health spending in Canada has actually decreased over time. There are several drug classes that have exceeded others in terms of spending. Tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitors, Antivirals for hepatitis C and anti-neovascularization agents are the drug classes that account for the largest proportions of total public drug program spending. Alongside the increased spending in prescription drugs in Canada, non-prescription drug spending has also increased in Canada.

Government sector health expenditure per capita in Canada by province in 2019 (in Canadian dollars)*

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

as of October 2019

Supplementary notes

* Forecast for actual provincial/territorial government health expenditures.

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