Health Statistics

Health is the most important aspect that controls the general happiness of a person’s life. Even if they are dirt-poor, as long as they are physically and mentally fit—which includes not being depressed (depression being a kind of mental illness)—they are sure to be as happy as can be.

Total Expenditure on Healthcare

In the United Kingdom, the total expenditure on healthcare was £125 billion in 2017/18, which is expected to rise over £127 billion in 2017/18. Of the GDP, the UK spent 9.8% on health in 2014, according to data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This is higher than the median for OECD member states but second lowest of the seven nations included in the G7, a situation that had remained constant since 2013, when United Kingdom health accounts were introduced. This is about the average expenditure of the other EU-15 countries, which spend about 9.7% on health.









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Since 2013, government spending on curative and rehabilitative care relative to an inpatient setting has grown more slowly compared to the same in outpatient, day-care, or home settings. About 62% of all spending on long-term-care comes from the government, the rest being financed throughout of pocket means. Spending on long-term health-related care was around £35.5 billion in 2016, with an additional £10.9 billion spent on long-term social care outside of the health care accounts definitions.

Avoidable Death Stats

In 2016, about 24% of all deaths in the UK were considered avoidable. In this regard, Scotland had the highest number of avoidable deaths, whereas England had the lowest. There were 219 unexplained deaths in England and Wales in the same year, an increase compared to the previous year, where the number was 195, but still lower than 2006, when the number of unexplained deaths was 285. This meant that there were 0.31 deaths per every 1000 live babies in 2016, as compared to 0.28 in 2015 and 0.43 in 2006.

Avoidalbe Death in the UK
Wales: 20.33%
Scotland: 28.77%
Nothern Ireland: 23.09%
England: 19.41%

National Health System Budget

The UK has a government-sponsored healthcare system called the National Health System or NHS, which consists of a series of publicly funded healthcare systems in the UK. When the NHS was first launched in 1948, it cost the government £437 million (roughly $15 billion in today’s estimates) in the maintenance of the program. In 2017/18, the NHS budget was around £110 billion. The government has announced that an additional £20 billion in real terms will be made available for NHS England by 2023/24. This £20 billion will be spread out over the five years to 2023/24, which means an average increase of around 3.4 % in the NHS’s budget every year, taking inflation into account.

Proportion of government healthcare expenditure

  • 3% other
  • 6% Prevantive healthcare
  • 29% Long-term care
  • 10% Drugs (provided outside of hospitals) and medical goods
  • 62% Care provided by GPs and Hospitals

Number of Hospitals in the UK

On the ground, it is not easy to find the exact number of hospitals in the United Kingdom. NHS hospitals are managed by acute trusts, of which there are 168 in England. But the number of acute trusts in not equivalent to the number of hospitals, since many acute trusts have hospitals in more than one site. In terms of doctors, the UK has fewer doctors per person than other OECD countries. According to figures, there are only 2.8 doctors per every 1000 patients, whereas the average across the other 33 countries is 3.0.

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A Brief History of Statistics

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