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Hospitals under private ownership continue to grow

The diagram on the number of hospitals by ownership shows the ratio between public, non-profit and private institutions

Graphic: Bundesverband Medizintechnologie e.V., Reinhardtstraße 29b, D-10117 Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 246 255 – 0 V.i.S.d.P.: Manfred Beeres, Leiter Kommunikation/Presse,,

The number of private institutions is increasing with a remarkable continuity. Since 2014, there have been more private than public facilities and sales to private sponsorship have grown to an impressive 37.1% of all facilities in 2017.

Financial and performance indicators by sponsorship:

The auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) evaluated the key figures of around 100 German hospitals for a comparison of financial and performance figures by ownership published in June 2017. According to the study, spending on personnel and materials in public hospitals in 2015 averaged 95 percent of revenue. Private and church hospitals operate much more efficiently, according to the auditing company. Their expenditure on personnel and materials was only 88 and 89 percent respectively. While public hospitals spent 50 euros on maintenance, for example, non-public hospitals spent more than 100 euros on average.

The study led to the following results:

  • With 4 full-time employees per 1,000 treatment cases, public hospitals employ more staff than private and non-profit hospitals (3.8 each).
  • Public hospitals have the highest occupancy rate.
  • In 2015, the degree of plant wear and tear will be lower for public buildings than for private clinics.
  • The investments of private hospitals are the highest.
  • The debt ratio and capital costs are higher for public hospitals than for non-profit and private hospitals.

Source: Geschäftsbericht 2017/18 des Bundesverbandes Deutscher Privatkliniken e.V.

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