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