Health insurance

The interactive visualisations on this page allow you to compare data across 37 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 2019 (or based on the latest year of data):

  • Australia was among 22 OECD countries in which 100% of the population were covered by public or primary private health insurance. Mexico ranked lowest among 37 countries for this indicator, with 88% 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 34% in the United States—well below the OECD average of 96%
  • across 30 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 54% (OECD average 35%).

This figure compares total public and primary private health insurance across OECD countries in 2019 or nearest year. The proportion of the total population covered by public and primary private health insurance was highest in Australia and 21 other countries at 100%, and lowest in Mexico (88.3%). The OECD average was 98.4%.