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Hospital beds per 1,000 people

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Hospital beds per 1,000 people (2016 or latest year)

Germany8,1
Austria7,4
Bulgaria7,3
Hungary7,0
Czechia6,9
Romania6,8
Lithuania6,7
Poland6,6
France6,1
Slovakia5,8
Latvia5,7
Belgium5,7
Serbia5,6
Croatia5,5
EU285,1
Luxembourg4,8
Estonia4,8
Malta4,7
Switzerland4,6
Slovenia4,5
FYROM4,4
Greece4,2
Finland4,0
Montenegro3,9
Norway3,7
Netherlands3,6
Cyprus3,4
Portugal3,4
Italy3,2
Iceland3,1
Spain3,0
Ireland2,9
Turkey2,8
Denmark2,6
UK2,6
Sweden2,3

The number of hospital beds provides an indication of the resources available for delivering services to inpatients in hospitals. The influence of the supply of hospital beds on hospital admission rates has been widely documented, confirming that a greater supply generally leads to greater admissions (Rohmer’s law that a “built bed is a filled bed”).

Germany, Austria and Bulgaria have the highest number of hospital beds per capita, with more than seven beds per 1 000 population in 2016, well above the EU average of just over five beds, and more than two-times greater than the supply in Sweden, the United Kingdom and Denmark.

Since 2000, the number of hospital beds per capita has decreased to some extent at least in all EU countries. On average, it fell by almost 20%. This reduction has been particularly pronounced in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The reduction in the supply of hospital beds has been accompanied by a reduction in hospital admissions in some countries and a reduction in average length of stays in nearly all countries.

source: OECD

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