Number of public and private hospitals in Spain 2017, by region

Catalonia was the Spanish autonomous community with the highest number of private hospitals during the period under review, with 146 private hospitals and 66 public hospitals. Andalusia, the most populated region of Spain, featured 64 private hospitals and 47 public hospitals. Catalonia, with 146 private medical centers, was the region that had registered the highest number of beds in private hospitals, with figures amounting to over 19 thousand.

Spain: number of hospitals

The number of hospitals in operation in Spain decreased slightly between 2000 and 2016 from 771 in 2000 to 764 hospitals in 2016, although the figures picked up in 2017 at 777 hospital, making this the year with the highest number of healthcare institutions on record. During the same time period the number of publicly owned hospitals increased by 26 establishments to 343 publicly owned hospitals in 2015.

Spain: public expenditure on healthcare

Public expenditure on healthcare in Spain also increased with more government spending directed towards health activities. In the latest years, public expenditure on health or generally decreased, reaching its lowest point at 61.7 billion euros in 2013. Public expenditure picked up thereafter, with values exceeding 68.4 billion euros in 2017. Public expenditure on healthcare is expected to increase to a 7.1 percent share of GDP by 2050. As at 2013, expenditure on healthcare as a share of GDP was 5.9 percent.

Number of public and private hospitals in Spain in 2017, by autonomous community

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Release date

2019

Region

Spain

Survey time period

2017

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