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CHART 7 Number of hospital beds in 2016 and number of beds lifted (added) since 2006. The four clusters are grouped considering the total number of hospital beds in 2016: <25,000; 25,000>50,000; 50,000>150,000; >150,000 Number of beds in 2016 Number of beds lifted (added) since 2006 -3,016 Sweden Finland -14,958 Lithuania -4,186 Denmark -5,742 Ireland -8,662 Latvia -6,199 Slovenia -301 Estonia -1,215 +118 Luxembourg 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 40,000 Greece -8,428 Switzerland -2,289 Portugal -1,268 Slovak Republic -4,773 0 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 Spain -8,233 Czech Republic -3,853 Hungary -11,628 Austria +1,484 Belgium -2,748 The Netherlands -16,373 0 25,000 50,000 75,000 100,000 125,000 Germany 150,000 -19,543 France -46,862 Poland +5,285 Italy -39,841 United Kingdom -46,579 0 150,000 300,000 450,000 600,000 750,000 8 HHE 2019 | hospitalhealthcare.com 100,000 inhabitants of 87 and 24 units, respectively. In several countries, the decrease in the total number of beds was accompanied by a slight increase in the number of private inpatient beds, which are inpatient beds owned by not-for-profit or for-profit private institutions. In 2016, in most of the countries where the data are available, the beds in private owned hospitals as a percentage of all beds ranged from 1% in Slovenia and Lithuania to 38% in France. The figures were higher in Cyprus (46%), Germany (59%) and The Netherlands (100%). The rate of acute care hospital beds for 100,000 inhabitants in 2016 in the EU ranged from 215 in Sweden to 606 in Germany. The highest figures were seen in Belgium (503), Austria (555) and Lithuania (581), whereas the lowest figures were in Spain (241), Denmark (252) and Italy (262). Between 2006 and 2016, the number of acute care hospital beds per 100,000 population reduced on average by 13% in EU. The most significant decreases were in Latvia (–36%), Denmark (–32%) and Hungary (–28%). The only exceptions were Ireland (+1%), The Netherlands (+1%) and Poland (+6%). The reduction in the number of hospital beds relates especially to the public providers. In the countries where data are available, this trend is associated with an increase of hospital beds in private organisations. This is the case in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The countries that registered a decrease in both categories are Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Spain. The number of acute care discharges involves the entire pathway of hospitalisation of a patient, who normally stays in hospital for at least one night and then is discharged, returns home, is transferred to another facility, or dies. Curative care comprises health care contacts during which the principal intent is to relieve symptoms of