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Healthcare Spending by Country 2024

When it comes to health care spending, the U.S. spends more on health care per person than any other country.

The amount each country spends on health care can be difficult to compare because countries have unique economic, social and political characteristics that contribute to spending. Wealthy countries like the U.S. tend to spend more on health care and related expenses per person than lower-income countries. This comparison considers health care spending among countries across the globe that are similarly large and wealthy, like the U.S., when considering median GDP and median GDP per person.

Even when comparing the U.S. to similarly wealthy and large countries, it still spends a much larger amount on health care than other high-income countries.

Countries with the highest spending

In the U.S., health spending per person equaled $12,914 in 2021, the most recent available data. That's more than $5,000 greater per person than any other high-income nation. Second to the U.S. was Germany, with $7,383 per person spent on health care. Switzerland came in third at $7,179 per person, then Netherlands at $6,753, Austria at $6,693 and Sweden at $6,262.

Among all high-income nations, the average amount spent on health care per person was $6,125, or less than half of what the U.S. spent per person.

Rounding out the wealthiest countries' per capita spending on health care, France spent $6,115, Canada $5,905, Australia

$5,627, Belgium $5,407, the United Kingdom $5,387 and Japan at $4,666.

Low-income countries

These amounts are significantly greater than what countries with less wealth spend. For example, In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, health care spending per person was about $21 in 2020, the most recent year of available data from the World Health Organization. Ethiopia spent $29 per person, Bangladesh spent $51, Afghanistan 80, Egypt $151, Vietnam $166, Fiji $185, Iraq $202, Algeria $215, Tunisia $222, Guatemala $289, Georgia $320, Dominican Republic $354, Guyana $378, Mexico $539, Costa Rica $953, Cuba $1,186, Portugal $2,342, and Spain $2,901.

In all high-income countries with available data, health care spending per capita increased in 2021 from the prior year. In the U.S., per capita health care expenses increased by 2.6%, less growth than in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Austria had the largest increase in per capita health care spending among high-income countries with available data between 2020 and 2021, at 13.8%.

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Country
Expenditure per Capita
Expenditure Rate
Data Year
United States$12,91418.3%2021
Switzerland$10,31011.8%2020
Norway$9,02110.09%2021
Denmark$7,37510.85%2021
Luxembourg$7,3145.35%2021
Sweden$6,91511.28%2021
Ireland$6,7006.73%2021
Iceland$6,6369.65%2021
Netherlands$6,53111.21%2021
Germany$6,50312.81%2021
Austria$6,49112.17%2021
Canada$6,08611.68%2021
Australia$5,90110.65%2020
United Kingdom$5,63411.94%2021
Belgium$5,00911.06%2020
France$4,76912.21%2020
Finland$4,7269.61%2020
Japan$4,38810.9%2020
New Zealand$4,20210.03%2020
San Marino$3,9388.69%2020
Israel$3,8678.32%2020
Singapore$3,5376.05%2020
Italy$3,3519.45%2021
Andorra$3,3379.05%2020
Malta$3,13510.84%2020
Monaco$3,0851.67%2020
South Korea$3,0318.36%2021
Spain$2,90110.71%2020
Portugal$2,72011.21%2021
Slovenia$2,6719.15%2021
Palau$2,64018.39%2020
Cyprus$2,2458.09%2020
United Arab Emirates$2,1925.67%2020
Qatar$2,1884.18%2020
Czech Republic$2,1209.24%2020
Estonia$2,0367.47%2021
Bahamas$1,8517.59%2020
Lithuania$1,8407.85%2021
Greece$1,6759.51%2020
Kuwait$1,5336.31%2020
Chile$1,4799.1%2021
Uruguay$1,4309.15%2020
Slovakia$1,3947.23%2020
Latvia$1,3137.45%2020
Saudi Arabia$1,2915.54%2018
Panama$1,2159.66%2020
Barbados$1,2007.2%2020
Cuba$1,18612.49%2020
Poland$1,1836.59%2021
Hungary$1,1637.25%2020
Nauru$1,14411.97%2020
Bahrain$1,1104.72%2020
Saint Kitts and Nevis$1,1055.37%2020
Croatia$1,0957.77%2020
Tuvalu$1,07121.54%2020
Trinidad and Tobago$1,0317.31%2020
Lebanon$9947.95%2020
Costa Rica$9537.86%2020
Montenegro$86611.42%2020
Argentina$8649.98%2020
Bulgaria$8578.52%2020
Oman$8455.33%2020
Antigua and Barbuda$8305.61%2020
Maldives$82611.35%2020
Romania$8106.27%2020
Russia$7747.6%2020
Marshall Islands$73113.01%2020
Seychelles$7276.39%2020
Brazil$70110.31%2020
Serbia$6728.73%2020
Brunei$6502.39%2020
Saint Lucia$6086.74%2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina$5919.84%2020
China$5835.59%2020
Iran$5735.34%2020
Mauritius$5606.66%2020
Armenia$55212.24%2020
Mexico$5396.24%2020
Grenada$4915.82%2020
South Africa$4908.58%2020
Turkmenistan$4845.68%2020
Ecuador$4798.48%2020
Colombia$4778.99%2020
Suriname$4606.77%2020
North Macedonia$4537.89%2020
Dominica$4275.65%2020
Micronesia$42511.56%2020
Malaysia$4194.12%2020
Belarus$4086.41%2020
Paraguay$4067.58%2020
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines$4024.82%2020
Turkey$3954.62%2020
Peru$3896.3%2020
El Salvador$3869.85%2020
Namibia$3808.9%2020
Guyana$3785.51%2020
Botswana$3636.19%2020
Dominican Republic$3544.94%2020
Albania$3516.66%2018
Kazakhstan$3423.79%2020
Jamaica$3266.61%2020
Georgia$3207.6%2020
Libya$3136.05%2011
Moldova$3076.78%2020
Thailand$3054.36%2020
Jordan$2997.47%2020
Guatemala$2896.47%2020
Belize$2786.92%2020
Ukraine$2707.62%2020
Honduras$2549.1%2021
Tonga$2485.32%2020
Bolivia$2417.86%2020
Equatorial Guinea$2373.77%2020
Gabon$2293.43%2020
Tunisia$2226.34%2020
Eswatini$2196.51%2020
Algeria$2156.32%2020
Samoa$2025.33%2020
Iraq$2025.08%2020
Mongolia$2004.94%2020
Philippines$1945.61%2021
Azerbaijan$1914.61%2020
Morocco$1875.99%2020
Fiji$1863.75%2020
Cape Verde$1766.02%2020
Kiribati$16711.64%2020
Vietnam$1664.68%2020
Nicaragua$1618.63%2020
Sri Lanka$1514.07%2020
Egypt$1514.36%2020
Venezuela$1423.82%2020
Bhutan$1344.37%2020
Indonesia$1333.41%2020
Timor Leste$1219.85%2020
Uzbekistan$1216.75%2020
Cambodia$1167.51%2020
Vanuatu$1143.97%2020
Lesotho$10711.78%2020
Sao Tome and Principe$1074.91%2020
Solomon Islands$994.43%2020
Ivory Coast$853.72%2020
Ghana$853.99%2020
Kenya$834.29%2020
Afghanistan$8116.83%2021
Comoros$815.35%2020
Republic of the Congo$814.47%2020
Senegal$775.15%2020
Myanmar$724.62%2020
Nigeria$703.38%2020
Tajikistan$708.18%2020
Laos$682.69%2020
Papua New Guinea$642.53%2020
Kyrgyzstan$645.26%2020
Yemen$634.25%2015
Syria$633.05%2012
Djibouti$632.01%2020
Mauritania$593.36%2020
Nepal$585.17%2020
Cameroon$583.77%2020
Rwanda$587.32%2020
Liberia$579.5%2020
India$572.96%2020
Burkina Faso$546.72%2020
Zambia$545.62%2020
Togo$545.96%2020
Angola$512.91%2020
Zimbabwe$513.43%2020
Bangladesh$512.63%2020
Guinea$474.04%2020
Haiti$443.22%2020
Sierra Leone$438.76%2020
Central African Republic$429.4%2020
Tanzania$393.75%2020
Pakistan$382.95%2020
Mali$354.31%2020
Niger$356.2%2020
Chad$355.41%2020
Mozambique$347.62%2020
Uganda$343.96%2020
South Sudan$335.25%2020
Malawi$335.43%2020
Benin$322.59%2020
Ethiopia$293.48%2020
Eritrea$244.09%2020
Sudan$233.02%2020
DR Congo$214.05%2020
Gambia$192.61%2020
Madagascar$183.88%2020
Burundi$166.5%2020
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Which country spends the most on health care?

The United States spends more on healthcare per person yearly than any other country.

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