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Table 5 China’s GDP and pharmaceutical expenditure (US$, millions, nominal)

From: Healthcare reform in the United States and China: pharmaceutical market implications

  China GDP Total health spending Healthcare as % of GDP Prescription drugs
2000 1,198,475 55,404 4.6% 13,850
2005 2,257,619 105,716 4.7% 25,340
2010 5,931,203 295,153 5.0% 60,270
2011 7,324,952 369,910 5.1% 77,300
2012 8,226,885 419,571 5.2% 91,980
2015 10,220,234 715,416 7.0% 158,940
2020 14,672,467 1,247,160 8.5% 261,840
  1. Sources: People’s Republic of China (2012) Health Statistical Yearbook, Beijing: P.R. China; People’s Republic of China (2012) China Statistical Yearbook. Beijing: P.R. China.