Canadian Health Care

Health Care and the Economy

Canada's health care has a large impact on the Canadian economy. Here are a few facts and figures about the economy and health care:

  • Health care expenditures in Canada topped $100 billion in 2001.

  • Approximately 9.5% of Canada's gross domestic product is spent on health care. In comparison, the United States spends close to 14% of its GDP on health care.

  • Individually, Canadians spend about $3300 per capita on health care.

  • At a provincial level, funding is between one-third and one-half of what provinces spend on social programs.

  • About three-quarters of all funding comes from public sources, with the remainder from private sources such as businesses and private insurance.

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