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UK spending on healthcare lowest of G7 countries

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 02 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3063
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The United Kingdom is spending less on healthcare as a share of its gross domestic product than all other G7 countries apart from Italy, which spends the same, new figures have shown.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s total expenditure on healthcare in 2012 was £144.5bn (€175bn; $245bn), 9.2% of GDP.1

The largest portion of this (£121.3bn or 7.7% of GDP) came from the public purse. The remaining £23.2bn was …

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