Number of hospitals in Germany 2000-2017

Number of hospitals in Germany from 2000 to 2017

by Evgeniya Koptyug, last edited Jul 5, 2019
Number of hospitals in Germany 2000-2017 The number of hospitals in Germany has been decreasing every year, amounting to 1,942 in 2017. In comparison, there were 2,242 hospitals in 2000. The number of hospital beds has been dropping also, from 571,600 in 2000 to 497,200 recorded in 2017.
Hospital reform

While there can be many reasons for a hospital closing, in Germany most of them have to do with the so-called ongoing hospital reform (Krankenhausreform) or the hospital structure law (Krankenhausstrukturgesetz). A summary of explanations from the government involves falling rural inhabitant numbers, which may lead to rural hospitals closing, and an aging population in general, therefore making it a necessity to check hospitals for being up-to-date in terms of equipment, staff and availability.

Future remains to be seen

On a positive note, statutory health insurance spending on hospital treatments in Germany has been increasing during the last decade, covering almost 75 million euros in 2017. The long-term effects of the hospital reform remain to be seen, as opening a new hospital after a closing, deciding on locations in rural areas, refurbishing working hospitals and hiring staff takes time and resources.
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Number of hospitals in Germany from 2000 to 2017

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Number of hospitals
20171,942
20161,951
20151,956
20141,980
20131,996
20122,017
20112,045
20102,064
20092,084
20082,083
20072,087
20062,104
20052,139
20042,166
20032,197
20022,221
20002,242
Number of hospitals
20171,942
20161,951
20151,956
20141,980
20131,996
20122,017
20112,045
20102,064
20092,084
20082,083
20072,087
20062,104
20052,139
20042,166
20032,197
20022,221
20002,242
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by Evgeniya Koptyug, last edited Jul 5, 2019
The number of hospitals in Germany has been decreasing every year, amounting to 1,942 in 2017. In comparison, there were 2,242 hospitals in 2000. The number of hospital beds has been dropping also, from 571,600 in 2000 to 497,200 recorded in 2017.
Hospital reform

While there can be many reasons for a hospital closing, in Germany most of them have to do with the so-called ongoing hospital reform (Krankenhausreform) or the hospital structure law (Krankenhausstrukturgesetz). A summary of explanations from the government involves falling rural inhabitant numbers, which may lead to rural hospitals closing, and an aging population in general, therefore making it a necessity to check hospitals for being up-to-date in terms of equipment, staff and availability.

Future remains to be seen

On a positive note, statutory health insurance spending on hospital treatments in Germany has been increasing during the last decade, covering almost 75 million euros in 2017. The long-term effects of the hospital reform remain to be seen, as opening a new hospital after a closing, deciding on locations in rural areas, refurbishing working hospitals and hiring staff takes time and resources.
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