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Health Spending and Public and Private Spending

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Spending and Public and Private Spending:

While the United States has had above average total spending, its public expenditures are in line with other countries. At 7.4%, of GDP public expenditures in the U.S. on health are only 0.2% above the 15-country average (Exhibit 9). Conversely, the United States has much more private sector spending as a percentage of GDP. Exhibit 10 illustrates the proportion of public and private spending among the 15 countries. Private health spending accounts for 8.5% of the U.S.’ GDP, 4 percentage points more than Switzerland (4.4%), the next largest private sector spender.

Exhibit 9
Public Health Expenditure as a Percentage of GDP, U.S. and Selected Countries, 2008

Exhibit 9


Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2010), "OECD Health Data", OECD Health Statistics (database). doi: 10.1787/data-00350-en (Accessed on 14 February 2011)
Notes: Data from Australia and Japan are 2007 data.Figures for Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, are OECD estimates.

Exhibit 10
Public and Private Health Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP, U.S. and Selected Countries, 2008

Exhibit 10


Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2010), "OECD Health Data", OECD Health Statistics (database). doi: 10.1787/data-00350-en (Accessed on 14 February 2011).
Notes: Data from Australia and Japan are 2007 data. Figures for Belgium, Canada,