How Much Do We Spend on Pharmaceuticals?

Total Expenditure on Pharmaceuticals (As % of Total Health Care Expenditures) (%), 2017 or latest
Pharmaceutical | January 1, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 34 countries in 2017, Russia ranked the highest in expenditure on pharmaceuticals as a share of total health care expenditures with 28.8% followed by Hungary and Latvia. On the other end of the scale was Denmark with 6.61%, Netherlands with 7.61% and Norway with 7.64%.

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 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Canada % 18.3% 17.9% 17.6% 17.5% 17.5%
Estonia % ... ... 19.9% 20.2% 19.3% 18.7% 18.2% ...
Greece % 30.7% 28.7% 27.5% 26.6% 26.4% ...
Hungary % ... ... ... 35.0% 32.6% 30.3% 30.1% 29.2% ...
Italy % 18.5% 16.6% 17.0% 16.9% 17.8% ...
Japan % 18.9% 18.9% 18.9% 18.8% 19.7% ... ...
Latvia % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 26.1% 25.5% 26.3% 27.0% 27.6% ...
Lithuania % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 26.0% 28.9% 28.2% 27.8% 26.9% ...
Mexico % ... ... 28.2% 28.8% 27.4% 27.0% 27.2% ...
Poland % ... ... ... ... ... 24.1% 22.3% 21.7% 21.5% 21.0% ...
Russia % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 27.9% ...
Slovakia % ... ... 28.7% 26.5% 26.5% 27.0% 26.9% ...
Slovenia % ... ... ... ... ... 19.6% 20.1% 20.1% 18.5% 18.3% ...
South Korea % 25.4% 24.4% 23.2% 22.5% 21.6%
Spain % 17.8% 17.6% 18.7% 18.0% 18.1% ...