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Hospital Stay Longest in Hungary among EU Members

Fanni Kaszás 2020.01.15.

Yearly, Hungarians spend almost ten days in the hospital per capita, making the Hungarian data the worst in the European Union, according to new statistics released by Eurostat conducted on the average length of hospital stays within the EU. 

The lowest figures of the EU Member States in 2017 were in the Netherlands, where people spent an average of 4.5 days in hospitals. The Netherlands was followed by Bulgaria with 5.3 days, and Denmark with 5.5 days, according to the recent Eurostat report. The highest number is registered in Hungary, with an average of 9.8 days a year for Hungarian inpatients. Behind Hungary is the Czech Republic (9.6 days), and France (9.1 days). According to the study, although there were more female patients than male patients, the average length of stay for male patients was generally longer in most member states.


As we have previously reported, at the end of last year, the European Commission published reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries in the European Union.

European Commission: Hungarian Health System below EU Average Despite Improvements

The Hungarian country profile shows that despite improvements since 2000, health outcomes in Hungary are still behind most other EU countries, reflecting both unhealthy lifestyles and the limited effectiveness of health care provision.

featured photo: MTI/Rosta Tibor