§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of gross national product was spent on health in the EC as a whole, the United Kingdom and the USA in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Sackville
Total national health service expenditure in the United Kingdom as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) in each year since 1988–89 is shown in the table. GDP has been used rather than gross national product for consistency with other sources of information on public spending. Figures for the European Community and the United States of America are not available on a comparable basis.
United Kingdom health service expenditure as a percentage of GDP Year Gross expenditure as a percentage of GDP 1988–89 5.1 1989–90 5.1 1990–91 5.3 1991–92 5.7 11992–93 6.1
1 Forecast Outturn