§ Mrs. Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has on drug costs in each member state of the European Community.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The total levels of public expenditure on drugs supplied to patients in each member state of the European Union is shown in the table. Data on public expenditure cannot be taken to correlate to total expenditure—public and private—as the share of the public sector if total spending differs between countries.
Country Public expenditure (£ million) Public expenditure (£)per capita United Kingdom 3,349.3 58 Germany 7,983.6 126 France 5,317.9 94 Italy 5,463.1 95
Country Public expenditure (£million) Public expenditure (£)per capita Spain 2,407.1 62 Netherlands 762.1 51 Belgium 704.4 71 Portugal 357.6 36 Greece 137.9 14 Ireland 193.9 55 Denmark 121.2 23 Luxembourg 51.4 114
Source: Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development. Figures have been converted to £ at purchasing power parities. Figures are for 1990, except those for Portugal and Denmark where 1989 figures are the latest available.