How Many Hospital Beds Are There In Slovenia?

By , 11 Mar 2020, 14:03 PM Lifestyle
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The danger of complacency over COVID-19 is that the infection spreads too quickly and hospital beds, along with healthcare workers’ schedules, get full to capacity, leaving little or nothing for patients with other conditions. This raises the possibility – as seen in Italy – of the system thus focusing attention on those most likely to recover, and letting the illness take its course among others (the older, the sicker).

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In short, if you’re young and in general good health, your personal safety should not be a concern. More important is the safety of those around you – the old and sick who are more likely to die from COVID-19, as well as those, yourself included, who might need an emergency trip to the hospital in the next few months. The idea, as expressed in this widely shared image, is to spread out the epidemic and not overwhelm the healthcare system, both formal and informal.

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But how many hospital beds are there in Slovenia, and how do the numbers compare with other countries?

Using Eurostat data for 2017, there are a total of 2.6 million hospital beds in the EU28 (including the UK), counting those for curative care, long-term care and rehabilitative care, of which just 9,294 are in Slovenia, compared to 661,448 in Germany. Of course, Slovenia has a much smaller population, two million vs 82.8 million, so let’s look at the number of hospital beds per 100,000 people. Here Germany has 800 beds for every 100,000 people, or eight for every 1,000. In contrast, Slovenia has 449 beds for every 100,000 residents, or 4.49 for every 1,000, just between Malta and Switzerland.

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The full list of countries, and beds per 100,000 people, is shown below, and note that no data was given for Albania. The Eurostat data can be explored further here.

Austria

737

Belgium

566

Bulgaria

745

Croatia

554

Cyprus

340

Czechia

663

Denmark

261

Estonia

469

Finland

328

France

598

Germany

800

Greece

421

Hungary

702

Iceland

306

Ireland

296

Italy

318

Latvia

557

Liechtenstein

240

Lithuania

656

Luxembourg

466

Malta

449

Montenegro

386

Netherlands

332

North Macedonia

428

Norway

360

Poland

662

Portugal

339

Romania

689

Serbia

561

Slovakia

582

Slovenia

450

Spain

297

Sweden

222

Switzerland

453

Turkey

281

United Kingdom

254

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