Number of hospital beds per 100,000 inhabitants Japan 2009-2018

As of October 2018, there were approximately 1,223 hospital beds per 100,000 inhabitants available in Japan, up from around 1,256 beds in 2009. The total number of hospital beds available during the measured period was approximately 1.55 million. In Japan, the term “hospitals” refers to health care facilities with more than 20 beds for hospital admissions. Smaller scale medical facilities are categorized as medical clinics.

Hospitals beds

Japan is a country with the highest density of hospital beds worldwide. When classified according to the type of patients per 100,000 thousand inhabitants in Japan, 704.4 beds were provided for patients with common diseases, 260.7 beds were for those with infectious disease, and 252.7 were for long-term care patients.

Hospital stay

Japan is also known for its long length of hospital stay for inpatients. In 2018, the average length of hospital stay of all patients in the Japanese hospitals amounted to approximately 27 days. The patients with common diseases stayed hospitalized on average of 16.1 days. This number was much higher than that of inpatients in other countries such as in Australia, Netherlands, or Hungary.

Number of beds in hospitals per 100,000 inhabitants in Japan from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2018; as of October 1

Supplementary notes

Data of 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 come from previous reporting.

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