Data

Total healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP

What you should know about this indicator

Rationale

Current health expenditure as a share of GDP provides an indication on the level of resources channelled to health relative to other uses. It shows the importance of the health sector in the whole economy and indicates the societal priority which health is given measured in monetary terms.

Definition

Level of Current Health Expenditure expressed as a percentage of GDP

Method of measurement

Current health expenditure (CHE) / Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Method of estimation

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Total healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP
Level of Current Health Expenditure expressed as a percentage of GDP
Source
World Health Organization - Global Health Observatory (2024) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
January 3, 2024
Next expected update
January 2025
Date range
2000–2021
Unit
%

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The GHO data repository is WHO's gateway to health-related statistics for its 194 Member States. It provides access to over 1000 indicators on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others.

Retrieved on
January 3, 2024
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World Health Organization. 2024. Global Health Observatory data repository. http://www.who.int/gho/en/. Accessed on 2024-01-03

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World Health Organization - Global Health Observatory (2024) – processed by Our World in Data. “Total healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP” [dataset]. World Health Organization, “Global Health Observatory” [original data]. Retrieved July 18, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-healthcare-expenditure-gdp