Countries that spend the most on health – ranked

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A global ranking of countries that spend the most on health, measured by current expenditure per capita based on purchasing power parity (PPP).

Map of the countries that spend the most on health
Countries that spend the most on health (World Bank/CC BY-4.0)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) uses the Global Health Expenditure Database (GHED) to provide internationally comparable data on health spending.

The WHO works collaboratively with UN Member States to annually update the database using the latest data. It ranks countries by how much they spend on health by using a nation’s current expenditure on health per capita expressed in international dollars at purchasing power parity (PPP).

The purchasing power of any currency is the quantity of that currency required to buy a specified unit of a good, common goods or services. PPP is determined in each country based on its relative cost of living and inflation rates.

By using PPP, it is possible to compare dissimilar regions and countries and effectively draw comparisons between national expenditures on health. International dollars is used as a global currency for comparison.


10 lowest & highest spenders

Highest spenders

  1. USA
  2. Switzerland
  3. Norway
  4. Luxembourg
  5. Germany
  6. Sweden
  7. Austria
  8. Ireland
  9. Netherlands
  10. Denmark

Lowest spenders

  1. DR Congo
  2. Central African Republic
  3. The Gambia
  4. Burundi
  5. Eritrea
  6. Mozambique
  7. Ethiopia
  8. Niger
  9. Mali
  10. Benin

Countries that spend the most on health – complete ranking

The table ranks 188 countries by their current health expenditure per capita expressed in international dollars ($) at purchasing power parity (PPP).

Some countries have been omitted due to inadequate data.

RankCountryInternational $
1USA10,246.14
2Switzerland8,216.96
3Norway6,518.87
4Luxembourg5,956.48
5Germany5,922.64
6Sweden5,699.61
7Austria5,617.40
8Ireland5,544.68
9Netherlands5,513.10
10Denmark5,510.00
11Andorra5,237.24
12Belgium5,119.07
13France5,011.20
14Canada4,928.63
15Australia4,816.15
16Iceland4,721.43
17Japan4,563.46
18San Marino4,369.72
19UK4,338.37
20Singapore4,269.96
21Finland4,255.22
22Malta3,943.10
23Kuwait3,796.71
24New Zealand3,767.51
25Italy3,619.70
26Spain3,468.69
27Qatar3,354.38
28Israel3,014.65
29Monaco2,991.06
30South Korea2,980.16
31Slovenia2,960.59
32Portugal2,917.36
33Saudi Arabia2,826.33
34Czech Republic2,753.38
35Cuba2,485.81
36UAE2,468.55
37Cyprus2,430.18
38Greece2,295.33
39Bahrain2,265.28
40Chile2,228.56
41Trinidad & Tobago2,205.81
42Slovakia2,184.20
43Estonia2,153.34
44Lithuania2,132.61
45Uruguay2,101.91
46Hungary1,979.40
47Poland1,958.17
48Argentina1,916.50
49Brunei Darussalam1,874.95
50Panama1,794.81
51Palau1,777.80
52Croatia1,772.48
53The Bahamas1,756.14
54Iran1,748.40
55Bulgaria1,689.69
56Latvia1,682.34
57Oman1,590.84
58Maldives1,506.94
59Seychelles1,485.47
60Brazil1,472.23
61St. Kitts & Nevis1,442.13
62Russia1,404.22
63Serbia1,382.16
64Romania1,367.79
65Barbados1,343.23
66Nauru1,309.59
67Mauritius1,278.01
68Costa Rica1,262.16
69Turkmenistan1,249.63
70Lebanon1,185.33
71Turkey1,180.64
72Bosnia & Herz.1,172.37
73Azerbaijan1,163.86
74Malaysia1,138.96
75Belarus1,129.11
76South Africa1,097.82
77Antigua & Barbuda1,070.77
78Botswana1,044.30
79Colombia1,039.16
80Mexico1,035.59
81Armenia1,001.07
82Dominican Republic985.73
83Algeria974.81
84Ecuador958.86
85Suriname946.38
86North Macedonia926.92
87Namibia895.36
88Paraguay866.63
89Tunisia863.29
90China841.11
91Kazakhstan820.35
92Georgia773.27
93Equatorial Guinea758.93
94Jordan756.66
95Grenada721.08
96Marshall Islands709.68
97Tuvalu694.33
98Peru681.23
99Thailand670.88
100St. Lucia662.31
101Dominica656.67
102Libya627.28
103Egypt613.81
104Eswatini600.12
105Ukraine584.59
106El Salvador582.74
107Jamaica542.89
108St. Vincent & Gren.528.07
109Mongolia518.13
110Nicaragua506.15
111Sri Lanka503.56
112Gabon499.61
113Iraq494.76
114Micronesia493.21
115Bolivia491.68
116Belize481.03
117Moldova476.73
118Guatemala474.85
119Uzbekistan447.87
120Morocco438.09
121Guyana405.08
122Honduras394.76
123Vietnam375.64
124Philippines371.74
125Indonesia367.94
126Samoa363.96
127Cabo Verde357.07
128Tonga335.31
129Fiji322.76
130Sudan313.68
131Bhutan290.42
132Myanmar287.64
133Lesotho265.54
134Timor-Leste263.84
135India253.32
136Kyrgyzstan241.25
137Cambodia238.18
138Kiribati234.93
139Tajikistan231.42
140Nigeria221.1
141Sao Tome & Prin.209.24
142Sierra Leone205.36
143Zimbabwe201.05
144Angola185.85
145Zambia180.27
146Laos177.93
147South Sudan175.77
148Cote d’Ivoire175.66
149Afghanistan174.73
150Cameroon173.86
151Mauritania170.15
152Congo164.83
153Pakistan160.56
154Syria159.72
155Kenya158.16
156Nepal150.07
157Ghana146.87
158Haiti146.15
159Senegal143.09
160Venezuela141.02
161Yemen139.01
162Rwanda134.37
163Burkina Faso129.06
164Guinea-Bissau123.29
165Comoros123.18
166Uganda121.15
167Djibouti117.19
168Solomon Islands115.24
169Malawi114.82
170Vanuatu110.43
171Liberia104.67
172Tanzania104.31
173Papua New Guinea103.9
174Togo103.73
175Bangladesh94.3
176Guinea89.17
177Chad87.3
178Madagascar85.49
179Benin84.65
180Mali84.16
181Niger78.85
182Ethiopia66.66
183Mozambique61.78
184Eritrea59.27
185Burundi59.19
186The Gambia55.77
187Central African Republic41.99
188DR Congo37.33
World1,408.76

Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators and WHO, Global Health Expenditure Database