Hospital beds in Ireland 2000-2017

There were approximately 14.2 thousand hospital beds in Ireland in 2017, the highest amount in the country since 2008 after which there was a break in series. There may have been a change in methodology or definitions which may have led to the sharp decline in hospital beds after 2009.

Healthcare employees in Ireland

Over the same period the number of health employees has been increasing in Ireland In 2018, there were almost 65.7 thousand individuals employed hospitals in Ireland, since the year 2000 this figure has increased by over 23 thousand. While in the period since 2000 the number of general practitioners in Ireland has more than doubled to 4.25 thousand in 2018.

Spending indicators on health

Ireland’s expenditure on healthcare was 7.1 percent of GDP in 2017. In comparison to other European countries, Ireland ranks relatively low on health expenditure. Switzerland had the highest share of expenditure on health, spending 12.2 percent of its GDP in this year. 

Number of hospital beds in Ireland from 2000 to 2017

Number of hospital beds
2011 12,008
2010 12,434
2009 *12,813
2008 21,789
2007 22,421
2006 22,472
2005 22,711
2004 22,961
2003 22,668
2002 22,732
2001 22,658
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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

2000 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Break in series.

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