Netherlands tops the list for shortest length of hospital stay


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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New data from the European Commission shows that the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Denmark have the shortest average length of hospital stay for in-patients among European Union (EU) Member States. 

According to the data, in 2016, in-patients spent an average of 4.5 days in hospital in the Netherlands (excluding long-stay hospitals), 5.3 days in Bulgaria and 5.5 days in Denmark. Among non-member countries for which data are available, Liechtenstein and Turkey also reported particularly low average lengths of stay at 5.1 and 4.2 days, respectively. 

The three countries with the highest average length of stay were Czechia (9.6 days), Croatia (9.3 days) and France (9.1 days). 

The average length of a hospital stay for in-patients in different EU Member States ranged between five and 10 days. The majority of EU Member States witnessed a reduction in the average length of time that patients spent in hospital between 2016 (or latest year) when compared with 2011. The largest decrease was in Finland, where the average stay fell from 11.2 days to 8.6 days.