The United States spent 16.9 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on health care in 2018, well above comparable industrialized countries. Switzerland ranked second, at 12.2 percent.

Source: Roosa Tikkanen and Melinda K. Abrams, “U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2019: Higher Spending, Worse Outcomes?” Commonwealth Fund, Jan. 30, 2020,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Country Percentage Spending as Share of GDP
United States 16.9%
Switzerland 12.2%
Germany 11.2%
France 11.2%
Sweden 11.0%
Canada 10.7%
Netherlands 9.9%
United Kingdom 9.8%
Australia 9.3%
New Zealand 9.3%

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