How Much Do We Spend on Pharmaceuticals?

Total Expenditure on Pharmaceuticals (As % of Total Health Care Expenditures) (%), 2019 or latest
Pharmaceutical | September 2, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 32 countries in 2019, Hungary ranked the highest in expenditure on pharmaceuticals as a share of total health care expenditures with 26.9% followed by Latvia and Greece. On the other end of the scale was Denmark with 6.40%, Norway with 7.12% and Netherlands with 7.46%.

Data for more countries are available at Total Expenditure on Pharmaceuticals (As % of Total Health Care Expenditures) indicator page.

Total Expenditure on Pharmaceuticals (As % of Total Health Care Expenditures) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Canada % 17.1% 16.6% 16.7% 16.6% 16.5%
Czech Republic % 18.1% 17.3% 17.5% 17.4% 17.0% ...
Estonia % 19.3% 18.7% 18.2% 19.0% 17.6% ...
Greece % 27.8% 26.9% 26.9% 26.7% 27.6% ...
Hungary % ... ... 30.3% 30.1% 29.8% 29.5% 27.9% ...
Italy % 17.1% 17.0% 17.9% 17.6% 17.6%
Japan % 18.9% 18.8% 19.7% 18.6% 18.3% ... ...
Latvia % ... ... ... ... ... 26.3% 27.0% 27.6% 28.3% 27.4% ...
Lithuania % ... ... ... ... ... 28.2% 27.8% 26.9% 27.2% 24.0% ...
Mexico % 27.4% 27.0% 27.2% 22.7% 22.7% ...
Poland % ... ... ... 21.7% 21.5% 21.2% 21.0% 20.4% ...
Slovakia % 26.5% 27.0% 26.9% 26.6% 26.4% ...
Slovenia % ... ... ... 20.1% 18.5% 18.3% 18.3% 18.4% ...
South Korea % 22.2% 21.4% 20.8% 20.8% 20.4%
Spain % 16.3% 15.6% 15.3% 15.9% 15.5% ...