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There are many factors that affect the number of hospital bed densities that are needed in a given population. The number of hospital beds per population is known as the bed density. It is important to have enough beds to accommodate the population without exceeding the ideal number of beds.

What is Hospital Bed Density?

A hospital bed density is the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people.

In countries with high bed densities, such as the United States, there are more beds available for patients than in countries with low bed densities, such as Japan.

Hospitals that can afford to have a high bed density may be able to treat more patients in a shorter amount of time than hospitals that have a low bed density.

 

What Affects Hospital Bed Density?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a variety of factors, including the size and population of the country, the age and health condition of its citizens, and the availability of medical resources. In general, however, experts believe that there should be about 150 hospital beds per 100,000 people.

What Is The Ideal Number Of Hospital Beds Per Population?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it varies depending on the country and its health care needs. According to World Health Organization, “there is no global standard for the density of hospital beds in relation to the total population.” But the rule of thumb is the more hospital bed capacity, the better for the population.

However, a study published in The Journal of Hospital Medicine in 2016 suggested that there should be at least six hospital beds for every 1,000 residents. This would allow for enough beds to accommodate the estimated 86% of hospital patients who are discharged within 72 hours. Additionally, it would help to reduce the amount of time patients spend in the hospital and help to improve patient satisfaction rates.

 

How Do You Calculate Hospital Beds Density?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a variety of factors, including the size and population of a particular area, the needs of the local healthcare system, and the availability of hospital beds.

However, as a general guideline, hospitals should have at least 150 beds per 100,000 people. This would ensure that there are enough beds available to accommodate any patients who may need them, while also limiting the amount of overcrowding that may occur.

 

What Are The Benefits Of A Higher Hospital Beds Density?

It depends on a number of factors, including the size and location of the population, the age, and health profile of that population, and the type of health care services offered. However, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2013 found that an optimal hospital bed density is 1.5 beds per 1,000 people. This means that for every 1,000 people in a given area, there should be at least 150 hospital beds available.

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Ideal Number of Hospital Bed Density Per Population

Conclusion

There are many factors that affect bed density. The number of hospital beds per population is an important measure of how well hospitals are utilizing their resources. In order to get a good understanding of how the number of hospital beds per population varies around the world, it is useful to look at some specific examples (see below chart).

Hospital Bed Density Per Country

Source: Index Mundi

 

Rank Country Hospital bed density (beds/1,000 population)
1 Greenland 14
2 Monaco 13.8
3 Korea, North 13.2
4 Japan 13.1
5 Korea, South 12.3
6 Belarus 10.8
7 Russia 8.1
8 Germany 8
9 Mongolia 8
10 Bulgaria 7.5
11 Ukraine 7.5
12 Austria 7.4
13 Hungary 7
14 Romania 6.9
15 Poland 6.6
16 Lithuania 6.6
17 Czech Republic 6.6
18 Gabon 6.3
19 Kazakhstan 6.1
20 France 6
21 Barbados 6
22 Slovakia 5.8
23 Moldova 5.8
24 Belgium 5.7
25 Serbia 5.6
26 Latvia 5.6
27 Croatia 5.5
28 Hong Kong 5.4
29 Cuba 5.3
30 Argentina 5
31 Nauru 5
32 Palau 4.8
33 Azerbaijan 4.8
34 Saint Kitts and Nevis 4.8
35 Switzerland 4.7
36 Tajikistan 4.7
37 Estonia 4.7
38 Luxembourg 4.7
39 Malta 4.5
40 Slovenia 4.5
41 Kyrgyzstan 4.4
42 Macedonia 4.3
43 Maldives 4.3
44 China 4.3
45 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4.3
46 Sri Lanka 4.2
47 Greece 4.2
48 Armenia 4.2
49 Faroe Islands 4.1
50 Uzbekistan 4
51 Turkmenistan 4
52 Montenegro 3.9
53 Dominica 3.8
54 Australia 3.8
55 San Marino 3.8
56 Seychelles 3.6
57 Grenada 3.6
58 Norway 3.6
59 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.5
60 Mauritius 3.4
61 Portugal 3.4
62 Netherlands 3.3
63 Finland 3.3
64 Micronesia, Federated States of 3.2
65 Italy 3.2
66 Libya 3.2
67 Iceland 3.1
68 Israel 3
69 Suriname 3
70 Ireland 3
71 Bahamas, The 3
72 Spain 3
73 Trinidad and Tobago 3
74 Sao Tome and Principe 2.9
75 Albania 2.9
76 Antigua and Barbuda 2.9
77 Brunei 2.9
78 Georgia 2.9
79 Turkey 2.8
80 Namibia 2.7
81 New Zealand 2.7
82 Marshall Islands 2.7
83 Lebanon 2.7
84 Denmark 2.6
85 Vietnam 2.6
86 Tonga 2.6
87 United Kingdom 2.5
88 Singapore 2.5
89 Canada 2.5
90 Andorra 2.5
91 Uruguay 2.4
92 South Africa 2.3
93 Panama 2.3
94 Comoros 2.2
95 Saudi Arabia 2.2
96 Sweden 2.2
97 Tunisia 2.2
98 Thailand 2.1
99 Swaziland 2.1
100 Brazil 2.1
101 Equatorial Guinea 2.1
102 Chile 2.1
103 Cape Verde 2.1
104 Fiji 2
105 Kuwait 2
106 Zambia 2
107 Kiribati 1.9
108 Malaysia 1.9
109 Cambodia 1.9
110 Algeria 1.9
111 Botswana 1.8
112 Bahrain 1.7
113 Colombia 1.7
114 Bhutan 1.7
115 Guyana 1.7
116 Jamaica 1.7
117 Zimbabwe 1.7
118 Iran 1.6
119 Peru 1.6
120 Dominican Republic 1.6
121 Mexico 1.5
122 Oman 1.5
123 Jordan 1.5
124 Laos 1.5
125 Kenya 1.4
126 Ecuador 1.4
127 Egypt 1.4
128 Djibouti 1.4
129 Solomon Islands 1.4
130 Syria 1.4
131 United Arab Emirates 1.4
132 Saint Lucia 1.3
133 West Bank 1.3
134 Bolivia 1.3
135 Cameroon 1.3
136 Gaza Strip 1.3
137 Iraq 1.3
138 Malawi 1.3
139 Qatar 1.3
140 El Salvador 1.2
141 Gambia, The 1.1
142 Costa Rica 1.1
143 Central African Republic 1
144 Burma 1
145 Belize 1
146 Guinea-Bissau 1
147 Philippines 1
148 Morocco 1
149 Indonesia 1
150 Nicaragua 0.9
151 Ghana 0.9
152 Somalia 0.9
153 Venezuela 0.9
154 Bangladesh 0.8
155 Burundi 0.8
156 Paraguay 0.8
157 Liberia 0.8
158 Mozambique 0.7
159 Haiti 0.7
160 Eritrea 0.7
161 Togo 0.7
162 Tanzania 0.7
163 Sudan 0.7
164 Yemen 0.7
165 Pakistan 0.6
166 Honduras 0.6
167 India 0.5
168 Benin 0.5
169 Uganda 0.5
170 Burkina Faso 0.4
171 Afghanistan 0.4
172 Guatemala 0.4
173 Niger 0.4
174 Nepal 0.3
175 Guinea 0.3
176 Ethiopia 0.3
177 Senegal 0.3
178 Madagascar 0.2
179 Mali 0.1

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