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Hospital beds in the Netherlands 2000-2018

Since 2000, the number of hospital beds in the Netherlands has generally declined. There were approximately 54.5 thousand beds in the Netherlands in 2018, the lowest number in the provided time interval. The number of hospital beds peaked in 2006 at over 78.1 thousand.

Healthcare workers in the Netherlands

Although the number of healthcare beds in the Netherlands has decreased, the number of personnel working has increased. The number of healthcare workers in the Netherlands in the period 2000 to 2017 has increased by almost four hundred thousand. In addition, the number of general practitioners amounted to over 14.6 thousand in 2017 in the Netherlands, an increase of almost five thousand since the year 2000.

Spending indicators on health

The Netherland’s expenditure on healthcare was 10.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017. This proportion has been increasing overall before 2012, but since then the share has slightly decreased. In comparison to other European countries, the Netherlands ranked considerably high on the share of GDP spent on health expenditures. Switzerland had the highest share of expenditure on health, spending 12.2 percent of its GDP in this year. 

Number of hospital beds in the Netherlands from 2000 to 2018*

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Data for 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015 not available.

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