Sick Hospitals Need €28 Billion Cure

The German hospital market is worth roughly €86 billion, according to a new report.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    A report has shown that there are deep imbalances in the funding of German hospitals, and concluded that many could be closed without endangering medical services.

  • Facts


    • Germany has 1,980 hospitals; one in four lose money.
    • About 11 percent of German hospitals are threatened with insolvency.
    • Publicly owned hospitals are generally worse off than non-profit or private hospitals.
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In prosperous southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, nearly half of hospitals are in the red. And in the rich economies of Hesse, home to Germany’s financial center Frankfurt, and Bavaria where many top German companies are located, almost one-third of hospitals incur financial losses.

It seems a paradox: A greater share of hospitals in these well-off federal states lose money than in the country overall.

These are some of the findings of the 12th Hospital Rating Report to be presented Thursday at Hauptstadt Congress 2016, a convention devoted to health-care issues.

“Rich districts and towns can afford to make up for the deficits of their hospitals,” explained Sebastian Krolop, a manager at Philips medical technologies and one of the study’s authors. “This leads to the perpetuation of inefficient structures.”

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