Health insurance

The interactive visualisations on this page allow you to compare data across 36 OECD member countries for the following indicators of health insurance coverage:

  • total public and private health insurance
  • government/social health insurance
  • private health insurance.

Key findings

In 2017 (or based on the latest year of data):  

  • Australia was among 20 OECD countries in which 100% of the population were covered by public or primary private health insurance. Mexico ranked lowest among 34 countries for this indicator, with 90% of its population covered by public or private health insurance
  • the proportion of the total population covered by government or social health insurance for health care across countries ranged from 100% (in Australia and others) to 36% in the United States—well below the OECD average of 96%
  • across 29 OECD countries with available data, the proportion of the total population covered by private health insurance (all types) was highest in France, at 96%. The proportion of the population covered by private health insurance (all types) in Australia was above the OECD average, at 55% (OECD average 35%).
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