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Hospital Beds by Country 2024

How many hospital beds a country has can affect its healthcare system in a variety of ways. Number of hospital beds relative to the population affects how quickly patients are able to get care, the price of healthcare, how accessible healthcare is to the general population, and how prepared that country is to address the needs of its citizens during a disaster.

Generally speaking, it is a sign of a functioning healthcare system to have an adequate number of hospital beds for its population. Often, hospital beds are dispersed unevenly, with more hospital beds in urban centers than in rural areas.

What Happens When A Hospital Runs Out Of Beds?

Hospitals in the United States are required to have plans that can be put into place when a surge of patients runs down the hospital bed vacancy. These plans involve rationing care to patients who need it most, setting up extra beds, installing beds in areas of the hospital that are not usually reserved for patient care (like the cafeteria), transferring patients to other hospitals.

When this happens, hospitals also put elective procedures on hold. Elective procedures are not necessarily procedures that are not important, they are simply procedures that can be scheduled in advance. The opposite of elective procedures is emergency procedures - these are procedures that must happen immediately.

Elective procedures can include knee replacements and breast cancer surgery. They can also include cosmetic procedures. The hospital will decide which procedures are allowed to be conducted, and which procedures are not.

In many locations, elective procedures were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital beds were held open to be available for people who were infected with COVID.

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Country
Hospital Beds per 1k
Data Year
United States Virgin Islands18.71996
Greenland14.41970
Monaco13.82012
North Korea13.22012
Japan132018
South Korea12.42018
Belarus10.82014
Germany82017
Mongolia82017
Ukraine7.52014
Bulgaria7.52017
Austria7.32018
Russia7.12018
Hungary72018
Romania6.92017
Czech Republic6.62018
Poland6.52018
Lithuania6.42018
Gabon6.32010
Bermuda6.31996
Kazakhstan6.12014
Barbados62017
France5.92018
Timor Leste5.92010
Slovakia5.72018
Moldova5.72014
Belgium5.62019
Serbia5.62017
Tuvalu5.62001
Croatia5.52017
Latvia5.52018
Cuba5.32017
Argentina52017
Nauru52010
Hong Kong4.91985
Azerbaijan4.82014
Palau4.82010
Tajikistan4.72014
Switzerland4.62018
Estonia4.62018
Malta4.52017
Kyrgyzstan4.42014
Slovenia4.42018
China4.32017
North Macedonia4.32017
Luxembourg4.32019
Maldives4.32009
Sri Lanka4.22017
Greece4.22018
Armenia4.22015
Uzbekistan42014
Papua New Guinea41990
Turkmenistan42014
Montenegro3.92017
Australia3.82016
Dominica3.82012
San Marino3.82012
Finland3.62018
Grenada3.62017
Seychelles3.62011
Portugal3.52018
Norway3.52018
Bosnia and Herzegovina3.52014
Mauritius3.42011
Cyprus3.42017
Puerto Rico3.31996
Netherlands3.22018
Libya3.22017
Micronesia3.22009
Italy3.12018
Spain32018
Israel32018
Ireland32018
Trinidad and Tobago32017
Suriname32017
Bahamas32017
Cayman Islands31990
United States2.92017
Turkey2.92018
Georgia2.92014
Albania2.92013
Brunei2.92017
Sao Tome and Principe2.92011
Antigua and Barbuda2.92017
Iceland2.82019
Lebanon2.72017
Namibia2.72009
Marshall Islands2.72010
Vietnam2.62014
Denmark2.62019
New Zealand2.62019
Tonga2.62010
United Kingdom2.52019
Canada2.52019
Singapore2.52017
Andorra2.52009
Uruguay2.42017
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines2.42014
South Africa2.32010
Panama2.32016
Saint Kitts and Nevis2.32012
Saudi Arabia2.22017
Tunisia2.22017
Comoros2.22010
Brazil2.12017
Thailand2.12010
Chile2.12018
Sweden2.12018
Equatorial Guinea2.12010
Eswatini2.12011
Cape Verde2.12010
Zambia22010
Kuwait22017
Fiji22016
Algeria1.92015
Malaysia1.92017
Kiribati1.92016
Botswana1.82010
Colombia1.72018
Zimbabwe1.72011
Jamaica1.72017
Bahrain1.72017
Guyana1.72016
Bhutan1.72012
Vanuatu1.72008
Iran1.62017
Peru1.62017
Rwanda1.62007
Dominican Republic1.62017
Republic of the Congo1.62005
Isle of Man1.62009
Jordan1.52017
Laos1.52012
Oman1.52017
Egypt1.42017
Kenya1.42010
Syria1.42017
Ecuador1.42016
United Arab Emirates1.42017
Djibouti1.42017
Solomon Islands1.42012
Iraq1.32017
Cameroon1.32010
Malawi1.32011
Bolivia1.32017
Qatar1.32017
Lesotho1.32006
Saint Lucia1.32017
El Salvador1.22017
Palestine1.21996
Costa Rica1.12019
Gambia1.12011
Indonesia12017
Mexico12018
Philippines12014
Myanmar12017
Morocco12017
Central African Republic12011
Belize12017
Samoa12007
Ghana0.92011
Venezuela0.92017
Somalia0.92017
Cambodia0.92016
Nicaragua0.92017
Bangladesh0.82016
DR Congo0.82006
Angola0.82005
Burundi0.82014
Paraguay0.82016
Liberia0.82010
Tanzania0.72010
Sudan0.72017
Yemen0.72017
Mozambique0.72011
Haiti0.72013
Togo0.72011
Eritrea0.72011
Pakistan0.62017
Honduras0.62017
India0.52017
Nigeria0.52004
Uganda0.52010
Benin0.52010
Afghanistan0.42017
Ivory Coast0.42006
Niger0.42017
Burkina Faso0.42010
Chad0.42005
Guatemala0.42017
Sierra Leone0.42006
Mauritania0.42006
Ethiopia0.32016
Nepal0.32012
Senegal0.32008
Guinea0.32011
Madagascar0.22010
Mali0.12010
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Which country has the most hospital beds?

The United States has the most hospital beds, with 34.7 ICU beds per 100,000 people.

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