Patients spend less time in the hospital

Patients spend less time in the hospital

Length of stay of patients in hospitals decreases

In Berlin, the length of stay of patients in hospitals decreased again last year. The number of beds is also decreasing.

Length of stay has been declining for years In the past year, the length of stay for patients in Berlin hospitals has decreased again slightly. According to the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office, patients were discharged after an average of 7.7 days. In 1991 it was an average of 19.9 days. Patients have been spending less and less time in the hospital for years. In 2001 the average fell below 10 days for the first time (9.7). Since then it has dropped almost consistently to 7.8 days in 2010 and 2011.

Number of beds almost halved The number of beds has also decreased enormously since 1991 and fell to almost half. Back then, 116 beds per 10,000 inhabitants were still available. Now there are only 60 left. At the same time, treatment cases rose from around 1,800 to around 2,300 per 10,000 inhabitants.

There are around 2,000 hospitals with around 500,000 beds in private clinic operators across Germany. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the majority of beds in 2012 were 48 percent in public clinics, mostly operated by districts and cities. 34 percent of the patients lay in beds of charitable organizations such as the churches or the Red Cross. And 18 percent of the beds are in hospitals of profit-oriented hospital groups. Their share has been increasing rapidly for years. While the Federal Statistical Office reported that public hospitals cut around seven percent of their beds from 2006 to 2011, private clinic operators increased their number by 20 percent. (ad)

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