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Number of inpatient treatments in hospitals rose again

The number of inpatient therapies in German clinics has increased again. In 2011, 18.3 million patients were hospitalized. This corresponds to an increase of 1.6 percent and around 300,000 cases compared to 2010, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in Wiesbaden. In 2011, around 1.9 million inpatients were cared for in preventive or rehabilitation facilities.

77 percent of beds used for inpatient treatment in hospitals As Destatis further reports on the basis of preliminary results from hospital statistics, "a hospital stay lasted an average of 7.7 days last year". This corresponds to a "slight decrease compared to the previous year, in which an average stay lasted 7.9 days".

According to statistics, there were hardly any changes in the number of beds in German hospitals. While 503,000 beds were available for patients in 2,064 hospitals in 2010, 2,041 clinics had 502,000 beds in 2011. According to Destatis, about every second bed (48.6 percent) is in a publicly funded hospital. 34.2 percent of beds are in non-profit houses and 17.2 percent in private clinics.

“At 77.3 percent, bed occupancy in 2011 was slightly below the previous year's level (77.4 percent). Public hospitals achieved the highest occupancy with 78.7 percent, the lowest (75.7 percent) non-profit hospitals ”, Destatis reports in his current release.

In 2011, the patients were treated in hospitals by around 839,000 full-time employees - this corresponds to the number of employees converted to full working hours. Of these, around "139,000 were employed by the medical service and 701,000 by the non-medical service, which included 310,000 full-time employees in the nursing service". Destatis also reports that the number of full-time employees rose by 2.8 percent last year. This applies to both medical and non-medical service.

In preventive or rehabilitation facilities 1.9 million patients treated in hospital In 2011 there were 1,235 preventive or rehabilitation facilities in Germany, in which 1.9 million patients were admitted to hospital for an average of 25.4 days. Almost 171,000 beds with an occupancy rate of 78.7 percent were available. Compared to the previous year (80.1 percent), bed occupancy was somewhat lower. Public facilities had the highest occupancy at 89.4 percent, while private facilities achieved the lowest occupancy with an average of 75.9 percent.

In contrast to hospitals, the largest providers of preventive or rehabilitation facilities are private providers. 66.3 percent of the beds - almost two thirds - were available to patients in private homes. 17.9 percent of the beds were in public facilities and only 15.7 percent in non-profit facilities.

"In 2011, over 8,000 full-time employees in the medical service and 84,000 full-time employees in the non-medical service - including 21,000 full-time nursing staff - cared for fully inpatients in the preventive or rehabilitation facilities," reports Destatis. (ag)

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