HC Deb 18 December 1987 vol 124 cc928-9W
Mr. Page

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list separately what information he has as to the proportion of gross domestic product spent by the state and by private medicine on health care in each of the countries within the European Economic Community.

Mr. Nicholas Bennett

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has to the percentage of gross national product in other countries spent on health care(a) from private sources, (b) from state resources and (d) as a total from all sources.

Mrs. Currie

The latest information available (1984) is as follows:

Proportion of GDP spent on:
Public health Private health Total health
Per cent. Per cent. Per cent.
EEC countries:
Belgium 5.7 0.5 6.2
Denmark 5.3 1.0 6.3
France 6.5 2.6 9.1
Germany 6.4 1.7 8.1
Greece 3.6 1.0 4.6
Ireland 6.9 1.1 8.0
Italy 6.1 1.1 7.2
Luxembourg 16.4
Netherlands 6.8 1.8 8.6
Portugal 3.9 1.6 5.5
Spain 4.2 1.6 5.8
United Kingdom 5.3 0.6 5.9
Australia 6.6 1.2 7.8
Austria 4.4 2.8 7.2
Canada 6.2 2.2 8.4
Finland 5.4 1.2 6.6
Iceland 6.5 1.4 7.9
Japan 4.8 1.8 6.6
New Zealand 4.4 1.2 5.6
Norway 5.6 0.7 6.3
Sweden 8.6 0.8 9.4
Switzerland 17.8
United States 4.4 6.3 10.7
Source: Table 1 "Financing and Delivering Health Care" — OECD 1987.
1 1982.

Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the percentage of the United Kingdom's gross national product spent on health care; and what is the United Kingdom's ranking within the European Community in relation to such spending.

Mr. Newton

The percentage of the United Kingdom's gross domestic product spent on health care in 1986 is estimated at 6.2. The latest comparative figures for the European Community are for 1984 when the United Kingdom's percentage of GDP spent on health care was slightly lower, giving a ranking of ninth in the European Community.

In terms of per capita health expenditure in 1980 (using either market exchange rates or health purchasing power parities for comparison) the United Kingdom ranked seventh in the European Community.

But such comparisons take no account of the effectiveness or efficiency with which these resources are used. It is generally acknowledged that the United Kingdom gets better value for money than some other countries.