UK health expenditure

Health expenditure is the total amount of money spent by a country on health per person in a year. Health expenditure is converted to a common currency (US$) and adjusted by purchasing power to make values comparable.

How does health expenditure per head vary internationally?

The United States outspends all other countries, spending $5,103 more than the UK and $5,186 more than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average. The UK is just above the average in 2011, spending $3,405 compared to the average of $3,322.

Source: 

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Health Statistics 2013

How has health expenditure per head changed?

The UK health expenditure has been steadily increasing to a maximum of $3,456 in 2009. In 2010, health expenditure decreased for the first time and decreased further in 2011. Although the rate of increase in health expenditure in other similar countries has been slowing, no other country has decreased their health expenditure like the UK. The United States outspends every country in every year with the difference also increasing every year.

Source: 
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Health Statistics 2013

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