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Spending on health: A global overview


Total global expenditure for health US$ 4.1 trillion +
Total global expenditure for health per person per year: US$ 639
Country with highest total spending per person per year on health: United States (US$ 6103)
Country with lowest total spending per person per year on health: Burundi (US$ 2.90)
Country with highest government spending per person per year on health: Norway (US$ 4508)
Country with lowest government spending per person per year on health: Burundi (US$ 0.70)
Country with highest annual out-of-pocket household spending on health: Switzerland (US$ 1787)
Country with lowest annual out-of-pocket household spending on health: Solomon Islands (US$ 1.00)
Average amount spent per person per year on health in countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): US$ 2716
Percentage of the world's population living in OECD countries: 18%
Percentage of the world's total financial resources devoted to health currently spent in OECD countries: 80%
Annual spending by the municipal government of New York City (population 8.2 million) on health: US$ 429 million
Annual spending by the government of Bénin (population 8.2 million) on health: US$86 million
WHO estimate of minimum spending per person per year needed to provide basic, life-saving services: US$35 to US$50
Number of WHO Member States where health spending — including spending by government, households and the private sector and funds provided by external donors — is lower than US$50 per person per year: 64
Number of WHO Member States where health spending is lower than US$20 per person per year: 30
Percentage of funds spent on health in WHO's Africa Region that has been provided by donors: 14%

+ Figures used on this fact sheet are based on 2004 data.


Sources: US Department of Health; The World Health Organization


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