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How many beds? Capacity implications of hospital care demand projections in the Irish hospital system, 2015‐2030
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The Irish hospital system at present does not have enough hospital beds to meet demand for care adequately. When measured against other OECD countries, Ireland has a low supply of hospital beds and records the highest rate of patient bed occupancy at 95 per cent. The expected rapid growth and ageing of the Irish population is projected to increase demand for hospital care further. This means that in the coming years there will be an even greater need to increase the number of available hospital beds. This paper employs the ESRI HIPPOCRATES healthcare projection model to project the number of public and private hospital beds that may be required between 2015 and 2030. Importantly, in developing these projections we take into account the ability to move care to non-hospital settings.
ESRI Series Number: 201825 Research Area:Health and Quality of Life Date of Publication: November 14, 2018 Publisher: ESRI Place of Publication: Dublin
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