UK Under-resourced for Health Care in International Comparison


The King's Fund provides a recent report on the international standing of the UK in health care resources compared with other countries with an alternative graphical supplement. Using a group of developed countries, excluding the outlying United States of America, the UK comes near the bottom of the table in provision of doctors, nurses, hospital beds, MRI and CT scanners and spending on drugs.

However, under a new definition of healthcare spending, which includes more of social care, yet excludes investment in buildings and IT, the UK is close to the average of the group of countries in health care spending as a proportion of GDP.