UK health spending

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Stoye, George
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
2 May 2017
IFS Briefing Note; BN201
Health Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
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UK public health spending grew in real terms by an average of 1.3% per year between 2009–10 and 2015–16. This is substantially below average growth of 4.1% per year between 1955–56 and 2015–16. Spending growth under the coalition government was the lowest five-year average since records began (though generous compared with the cuts to spending in other government departments over the same period).

Total UK health spending, including both public and private expenditure, was in line with the unweighted EU-15 average (9.8% of national income) in 2015. However, it was substantially below the levels of the US (16.9%), Japan (11.2%), Germany (11.1%) and France (11.0%).

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