How much is spent on health care in Europe?

If anything is clear during this health crisis that we are going through, it is that it is necessary to provide countries with a strong, efficient and effective health system that protects all citizens from possible contingencies and with all the guarantees of security.

A recent report by Eurostat for the year 2018 shows a different degree of investment in public health between different EU countries. Perhaps this is one of the milestones that has influenced the different countries in facing up to the pandemic and which, it is hoped, can be reversed over the next few years. On average, the countries around the European Union spent an average of 2,982 euros per inhabitant, 3% more than the budget allocated in 2017.

Spain ranks twelfth in the EU-27 with an average of 2,310 euros, 22.6% less than the European average. This budget accounts for 9% of GDP.

Leading the list are Denmark, with an average investment per inhabitant of 5,256 euros, Luxembourg (5,221 euros) and Sweden (5,041 euros). At the opposite end are Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a budget 85% lower than the EU average (434 euros), Romania (583 euros) and Bulgaria (586 euros).

Outside the EU (they are not Member States, although they are on the European continent) there are also five other countries that spend more than Spain on health spending per inhabitant: Liechtenstein (8,390 Euros), Switzerland (8,328 Euros), Norway (6,960 Euros), Iceland (5,280 Euros) and the United Kingdom (3,646 Euros).

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