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UK healthcare spend exceeded OECD average in 2009, new figures show

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7720 (Published 29 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7720
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Spending on healthcare in the United Kingdom exceeded the average of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development member countries for the first time in 2009, a new report shows. Health spending accounted for 9.8% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the UK, whereas the OECD average was 9.6%.

The share of the UK’s GDP allocated to health rose steadily throughout the whole of the past decade, particularly during the 2008-9 recession. It rose from 8.4% in 2007 to 9.8% in 2009.

The Health at a Glance report, the sixth in a series of annual reports, shows that spending on health is rising worldwide but that not enough is being done to prevent and manage chronic diseases.

It shows that across the 34 OECD countries health spending rose on average by 4% a year over the decade to 2009 and that the proportion of GDP spent on health rose to 9.6%, up 0.8% on the …

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