The numerator is provincial/territorial government health expenditure per capita.
1. Health expenditure includes any type of expenditure for which the primary objective is to improve or prevent the deterioration of health status. Activities that are undertaken with the direct purpose of improving or maintaining health are included.
2. Provincial/territorial government–sector health expenditure includes health spending from provincial/territorial government funds, federal health transfers to the provinces/territories and provincial government health transfers to municipal governments.
1. Other activities are not included, even though they may impact health. For example, funds aligning with house and income support policies that have social welfare goals as their primary purpose are not considered to be health expenditure, yet they are recognized as powerful factors in determining population health.