Select countries by hospital bed density 2017

The countries with the highest density of hospital beds worldwide include Japan, Korea, Russia, and Germany. Japan has around 13.1 hospital beds per 1,000 population. On the other hand, the United States reported just 2.8 hospital beds per 1,000 population.

Hospital beds in the U.S.

Both the number of hospitals and the number of hospital beds in the U.S. have decreased in recent years. In 2017, there were an estimated 931,203 hospital beds in the U.S. The largest proportion of hospitals in the U.S. have 500 or more beds, with the second largest proportion of hospitals having between 100 and 199 beds.

Hospital stays in the U.S.

In 2017, around 6.5 percent of the population in the U.S. reported one or more hospital stays in the past year. Hospital stays are more common among females than males and the elderly are more likely to have a hospital stay in the past year than younger people. The average length of a hospital stay is different depending on the state, with the longest average length of stay found in the state of Wyoming. The average length of a hospital stay in this state is 9 days.

Hospital bed density in select countries as of 2017

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November 2019



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