Health Spending

Understanding Health Spending in New Brunswick

This page offers a comprehensive overview of health expenditure in New Brunswick, shedding light on resource allocation towards health-related needs.

Health spending, or health expenditure, represents the money spent by the Government of New Brunswick and its residents on health-related needs.

Health spending is made up of both public sector and private sector spending. 

  • Public sector spending includes amounts spent by the provincial and federal governments or other government agencies. 
  • Private sector spending includes amounts spent from donations, investment income, out-of-pocket spending, and private health insurance companies.

All the information provided is based on the latest available data from the National Health Expenditure tables published by the Canadian Health Information Institute (CIHI). 




Key observations for 2021: 

  • Total Health Spending: New Brunswick spent 6.48 billion dollars on health, or $8,204 per New Brunswicker on average. This amount represents 15.2% of New Brunswick’s gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Per Capita Increase: Per capita total health spending increased by 6.3 % over the previous period.
  • Top Spending Areas: In New Brunswick, the top 3 areas of spending were hospitals, medications and “other institutions” (residential care types of facilities). 


The updated content aims for clear, engaging information about health spending in New Brunswick. It highlights important data about spending in New Brunswick, in comparison with other provinces, and it also looks at trends over time. For more information, check out the article: How much did New Brunswick spend on health in 2021?

For detailed information on specific spending   categories, consult CIHI's National Health Expenditure Trends, 2023 — Methodology Notes (