Hospital, average length of stay, OECD

days, 1960–2016

Info Edit
Country196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Australia11.5010.9010.409.809.809.709.609.509.309.108.708.508.308.308.308.308.007.707.507.807.707.306.906.706.707.407.407.407.307.206.856.506.606.406.406.506.406.206.106.206.106.206.206.106.106.005.905.555.205.105.004.904.804.704.70
Austria11.0011.1010.5010.1010.009.609.709.508.308.207.807.607.407.307.207.206.906.906.806.806.706.606.506.506.506.506.50
Belgium8.007.707.607.607.507.407.707.207.107.107.207.207.107.006.906.90
Canada10.0010.2010.0010.0010.2010.4010.3010.5010.4010.2010.2010.009.909.807.407.207.107.007.007.107.207.307.407.307.307.207.407.507.707.707.707.607.607.507.607.40
Czech Republic13.1013.0012.9012.9013.1013.6013.5013.3013.3013.2013.1013.4013.2013.0012.8012.0011.9011.6011.2010.8010.209.749.288.828.367.907.907.907.907.907.907.757.607.457.307.106.906.706.606.606.60
Denmark12.5012.1611.8211.4811.1410.8010.259.709.608.808.508.308.208.107.907.807.507.306.906.606.406.306.106.004.104.104.104.003.903.903.803.803.703.603.403.50
Finland12.5012.6012.8012.9013.3013.2013.4013.3013.2013.0012.8012.6012.2012.0011.8011.4010.709.409.409.008.808.508.308.208.208.008.007.507.607.307.007.006.105.705.605.506.005.905.905.806.907.007.107.107.107.107.207.207.107.007.006.906.906.806.706.60
France12.3011.9011.3010.9010.6010.1010.2010.009.709.309.008.608.307.907.607.307.006.706.506.406.406.206.105.905.805.505.605.705.706.106.005.905.905.905.805.705.805.705.705.805.70
Germany13.0012.5012.1011.2010.8010.5010.109.809.609.308.908.808.708.508.308.208.107.907.807.707.607.60
Greece11.0010.9010.5010.2010.3010.209.509.608.908.408.307.807.607.507.207.106.606.706.406.506.306.306.306.206.206.206.005.705.605.805.405.405.305.305.405.20
Hungary11.3011.2011.2011.2011.1011.2012.2011.3011.2011.1011.2011.2011.2011.1011.3011.3011.4011.4011.4011.2011.2011.1011.2010.9010.9010.6010.4010.3010.009.909.909.709.509.509.809.208.608.207.807.507.107.006.906.706.706.506.306.005.905.805.805.805.705.705.705.60
Ireland8.508.208.007.807.607.407.206.906.906.706.706.706.806.706.706.606.506.506.506.506.406.506.506.506.406.506.306.106.206.106.005.905.905.705.606.10
Italy9.509.309.209.008.408.007.307.207.007.006.806.706.706.706.706.706.706.806.706.706.806.806.806.806.906.90
Japan34.4033.2032.7031.4029.3027.2024.8023.5022.2020.7020.3019.8019.2019.0018.8018.5018.2017.9017.5017.2016.9016.50
South Korea10.0010.0010.0010.0010.0011.0011.0010.0011.0011.0012.0011.0011.0011.0011.0011.0011.0011.0011.0010.0011.0011.0011.0010.6010.5110.4310.3410.2610.1710.0910.0010.109.208.908.308.00
Luxembourg7.507.407.207.207.407.507.407.507.607.307.407.407.307.50
Netherlands20.1020.0019.9019.8019.4020.4020.6020.1019.7019.3018.8018.2017.7017.1016.6016.1015.4015.2014.8014.4014.0013.7013.3013.0012.8012.5012.3012.1011.9011.5011.2010.9010.6010.4010.109.909.809.609.509.209.008.608.407.907.507.206.606.206.005.605.606.506.406.706.706.20
New Zealand4.304.504.605.206.105.705.805.906.206.106.006.005.805.304.60
Norway14.8014.2813.7613.2412.7212.2011.9411.6811.4211.1610.9010.6010.3010.109.809.609.209.108.507.807.807.406.906.806.606.506.306.406.206.106.005.805.705.405.205.205.005.004.806.406.306.105.805.505.506.20
Poland7.907.607.407.507.407.307.106.806.706.606.90
Portugal7.507.307.107.807.807.407.207.107.107.007.106.906.807.007.007.007.507.207.207.10
Slovakia10.5010.109.408.708.408.107.707.407.307.307.207.006.906.706.606.306.206.207.006.90
Spain10.109.9010.009.809.709.609.309.209.109.008.808.007.607.507.307.107.007.006.906.706.706.606.606.506.406.306.106.106.005.905.90
Sweden11.0010.6010.209.809.609.509.109.008.908.708.508.308.208.007.807.507.307.106.906.806.506.205.805.505.305.205.005.107.006.806.606.606.506.406.306.206.306.106.206.205.805.705.605.605.605.70
Switzerland15.0015.1015.2015.3015.4015.5015.4015.1015.1015.0014.7014.2014.5014.2014.0013.4013.0012.1012.1012.0012.0012.0010.509.909.809.309.209.109.008.808.508.207.807.707.506.606.506.105.905.805.70
Turkey8.508.507.707.607.207.006.806.706.506.506.506.506.506.406.206.005.905.805.606.505.605.605.805.705.605.305.104.404.104.104.003.903.903.904.003.90
United Kingdom7.707.507.307.106.906.606.406.306.206.106.006.006.006.006.00
United States7.607.607.607.707.707.807.908.308.408.308.208.007.907.807.807.707.707.607.607.607.607.607.607.607.307.107.107.207.207.307.307.207.107.006.806.506.206.106.005.905.805.805.705.705.605.605.605.505.505.405.405.405.405.405.50
Estonia15.0014.5014.4014.3014.3014.3014.4013.1012.5011.4010.509.609.208.808.007.306.906.906.406.206.005.905.905.705.605.505.505.605.505.405.50
Israel9.006.106.006.006.005.907.305.705.105.205.205.405.405.305.105.20
Russia13.6013.3013.3013.6013.8013.7013.6013.6013.6013.6013.6014.3014.0013.7013.5013.2012.9012.6012.2011.9011.5011.4011.3011.0010.8011.3010.8010.309.909.70
Slovenia11.5011.3411.1811.0210.8610.7010.5010.3010.009.809.809.409.309.208.908.808.808.407.907.507.106.806.606.106.205.805.805.505.705.605.506.806.906.606.606.50
Iceland5.605.505.505.405.305.505.605.805.905.90
Latvia8.508.308.007.907.807.407.207.107.106.106.206.005.805.805.906.00
Lithuania14.7014.1013.5012.8012.0010.609.108.608.408.107.707.507.307.307.106.906.706.406.306.406.306.306.406.30

The average length of stay in hospitals (ALOS) is often used as an indicator of efficiency. All other things being equal, a shorter stay will reduce the cost per discharge and shift care from inpatient to less expensive post-acute settings. The ALOS refers to the average number of days that patients spend in hospital. It is generally measured by dividing the total number of days stayed by all inpatients during a year by the number of admissions or discharges. Day cases are excluded. The indicator is presented both for all acute care cases and for childbirth without complications.

Source: OECD