The number of hospital beds in Poland has not fluctuated much since the year 2003, as it has remained around the 250 thousand mark across the provided time interval. Whereas in 2003, there were approximately 255.2 thousand beds in Poland and in 2017 the figure was 251.5 thousand. Meaning over the fourteen-year period the number of beds has fallen by approximately four thousand.
Polish health sector
The number of hospital beds in Poland may have fallen but over the same time period the number of hospitals in the country has actually increased. Going from 820 hospitals in 2003 to 1,064 in 2016. Additionally, the density of physicians has increased over the last decade, growing from 2.14 practicing physicians per 1,000 inhabitants in 2005 to 2.42 in 2016.
Rating of healthcare in the country
The rating of healthcare in Poland by its citizens is significantly lower than in other European countries. In 2018, 45 percent of Polish respondents of a survey rated the quality of their accessible healthcare as poor, while only 14 percent regarded it as good. This was the lowest positive rating among eight other countries that were surveyed. Furthermore as of 2018, 40 percent of Poles do not trust their healthcare system to provide them with good treatment.
Number of hospital beds in Poland from 2003 to 2018
* Hospital beds comprise beds in all hospitals, including general hospitals, mental health hospitals and other specialty hospitals i.a. health resort hospitals and sanatoria. Including beds and incubators for newborns (neonatology wards); excluding day care places. Since 2012 including beds in prison hospitals.