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Health Care

Volume 129: debated on Friday 18 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish the total spent on health care in the United Kingdom for each year since 1979, in absolute terms and as a percentage of gross national product.

The table shows for 1979 to 1986 total, net public and private expenditure on health care on the United Kingdom in both absolute terms and as a percentage of gross domestic product. The data have been derived from Central Statistical Office national accounts.

Expenditure on Health Care in the United Kingdom
£ millionPercentage of GDP
Total expenditureNet publicPrivateTotalNet publicPrivate
197910,2299,2459845·24·70·5
198013,37511,9911,3845·85·20·6
198115,24613,7221,5246·05·40·6
198216,30814,3731,9355·95·20·7
198318,35916,2532,1066·15·40·7
198419,84717,2862,5616·25·40·8
198521,11218,2972,8156·05·20·8
198622,86919,8693,0006·15·30·8

Source: CSO.

Note: There are slight rounding differences between these figures and those published by the OECD for purposes of international comparisons.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has as to the total cost of health care in France and Germany as a percentage of each country's own gross national product for each year since 1979.

The table shows for the period 1979 to 1985—the latest readily available year—total, public and private expenditure on health care in France and Germany as a percentage of their respective gross domestic products. The data have been derived from OECD accounts.

Expenditure on Health Care as a Percentage of Gross Domestic Product, 1979–1985
FranceGermany
TotalPublicPrivateTotalPublicPrivate
19797·25·81·47·66·11·5
19807·46·01·47·96·31·6
19817·76·21·58·26·51·7
19827·96·31·68·16·31·8
19838·16·51·68·06·21·8
19848·46·71·78·16·31·8
19858·46·71·78·26·41·8

Source: OECD.