Press Release 23/07/12

HOSPITAL STATISTICS of the Basque Country 2010

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Hospital stays were down in 2010

Surgery and maternity were the areas requiring hospital stays to see an increase in activity

The number of stays generated in the 44 hospitals in the Basque Country (2,257,414) fell by 3.3% in 2010, according to Eustat data. 72% of stays occurred in hospitals in the public network, where this decrease stood at 2.6%.

In 2010 in the Basque Country there was a network of 44 hospitals with 7,921 beds (7,916 in 2009), which represented an average of 3.6 beds per 1,000 inhabitants. 69.3% corresponded to the public sector and 30.7% to the private sector. According to the overall care figures, 70.4% of beds were in acute care hospitals, 21.7% in psychiatric hospitals and 7.9% in medium and long-stay hospitals.

A summary of the various areas of care areas reveals that there was an increase in the volume of activity in surgery and maternity. Surgical activity rose by 1.9% in 2010, a result of the 247,441 surgical operations carried out in more than 200 hospital operating theatres. 66% were carried out in public hospitals and 34% in private ones. Outpatient surgery, which represented 53% of hospital interventions, contributed greatly to this increase in activity, which demonstrates the progressive policy of transferring surgical procedures to outpatient facilities.


Maternity was another of the hospital areas that grew in 2010. Assistance was provided in a total of 21,188 births, a 1.5% increase on the previous year. 87.7 of births took place in public hospitals and 12.3% in private ones. The number of caesareans also increased by 4.5%, which meant a caesarean rate of 14.8% (14.4% in 2009); despite this, the Basque Country was at the head of the Autonomous Communities in terms of having the lowest caesarean rate (the Spanish average was 25.3% in 2009).

Furthermore, the number of emergencies attended to in hospitals, more than a million, was down by nearly 3% compared to the previous year, as well as emergencies that resulted in admission to hospital (-1%).

The average stay was also down, standing at 6.9 days in 2010 (4.7 days in acute care hospitals), which translated into an increase in the number of patients attended to per bed (from 38.5 to 41.1 in 2010).


Healthcare provision in hospitals translated into expenditure of 2,318 million euros in 2010, which was an increase of 3.2% with regards to 2009, above the 1.9% that the GDP of the Basque Country experienced in 2010. Hospital activity represented 3.5% of Basque GDP in 2010 and an average expenditure of €1,062 per inhabitant, 2.7% more than the previous year. Of the total expenditure, 2,189 million corresponded to current expenditure and 129 million to investment.

A total of 28,986 individuals worked in the hospital sector in 2010, of which 77% were health workers and 23% non-health workers. 89.2% of hospital personnel worked in acute care hospitals, 6.2% in psychiatric hospitals and 4.5% in medium and long stay hospitals.

For further information:

Basque Statistics Office C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Tel: +34-945-01 75 00 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 E-mail: Contact: Marta de la Torre Fernández Tel:+34-945-01 75 48 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 More press releases on Hospital Statistics of the Basque Country Databank on Hospital Statistics of the Basque Country

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