Countries by total health expenditure per capita

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This article includes 2 lists of countries of the world and their total expenditure on health per capita. Total expenditure includes both public and private expenditures. See also: Health spending as a percent of GDP by country (gross domestic product).

The first table and bar chart lists member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It shows each country's total spending (public and private) on health per capita in PPP international dollars.

The next table lists nearly all countries. It uses data from the World Health Organization (WHO). It also shows each country's total spending (public and private) on health per capita in PPP international dollars.

The top chart to the right measures the total cost of health care (public and private expenditures) as a percent of GDP (gross domestic product) for a few nations. GDP is a measure of the total economy of a nation. The chart below it shows that high life expectancy can be had across the range of health expenditures by country. See: List of countries by life expectancy.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Health care cost as percent of GDP (total economy of a nation).[1][2]
Life expectancy vs healthcare spending of rich OECD countries.[3]

Bar charts

Health spending by country. US dollars per capita (using economy-wide PPPs). From OECD Data. "Government/compulsory": Government spending and compulsory health insurance. "Voluntary": Voluntary health insurance and private funds such as households’ out-of-pocket payments, NGOs and private corporations. In the first chart below they are represented by columns starting at zero. They are not stacked. The 2 are combined to get the total. OECD countries only in the first chart.[1][2]

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The chart below is older and breaks down the voluntary spending further by separating out-of-pocket payments. In this chart the items are stacked by color. There are a few other countries than just OECD countries.[1][2]

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See also


OECD countries only. Total health spending per capita in PPP international dollars. Not inflation-adjusted.[1][2][4][5]
Location 2018 2019 2020 2021


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Health expenditure and financing Archived 2019-12-10 at the Wayback Machine. OECD data. Also includes some non-OECD countries at the end of the list. OECD = Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Choose options from dropdown menus. "Financing scheme" menu breaks down the expenditures into several parts. For the 2018-21 table pick "All financing schemes". Set "Function" menu to "Current expenditure on health (all functions)". Set "Provider" menu to "All providers". Set "Measure" menu to "Per capita, current prices, current PPPs". Click "years" and pick 2018 to 2021. Then export to Excel, and open in a spreadsheet such as freeware LibreOffice Calc. Clean up table and copy to visual editor in a sandbox. See Help:Table.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 OECD Data. Health resources - Health spending Archived 2020-04-12 at the Wayback Machine. doi:10.1787/8643de7e-en. Click "more" in the intro paragraph to see that PPP U.S. dollars are used. Click top tabs for chart or table. Choose options from menus at the bottom of the chart/table. Choose year(s) or "latest data available". Under the "countries" menu choose OECD or all. Under the "perspectives" menu check the box to "compare variables". That will allow you to check the boxes for government/compulsory, voluntary, and total. Some charts will also need "out-of-pocket" checked (part of voluntary spending). This will produce the data for the OECD bar chart, or other charts made from that data. The "perspectives" menu is also where to choose % of GDP, or US dollars per capita. You can run your cursor over the columns to get the year and the total for that country. Click the table tab to get lists (one after another) of spending by country: "Total", "Government/compulsory", "Voluntary", etc.. Click the download tab for CSV data file.
  3. Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier. May 26, 2017. By Max Roser at Our World in Data. Click the sources tab under the chart for info on the countries, healthcare expenditures, and data sources. See the later version of the chart here.
  4. What is the difference between current and constant data? Archived 2023-05-01 at the Wayback Machine From: World Bank Data Help Desk.
  5. What is an “international dollar”? Archived 2020-02-21 at the Wayback Machine From: World Bank Data Help Desk.