Patients treated in public hospitals increase 4.3% in 2017

The number of patients that were treated and discharged from the general hospitals of the public sector increased by 4.3% during 2017, according to a press release by the Statistical Service of Cyprus.

During 2017, 81,856 patients were treated and discharged from the general hospitals of the public sector compared to 78,486 in 2016, recording an increase of 4.3%. In addition, 1,556 patients were treated and discharged from Kyperounta and Polis Rural Hospitals in 2017 compared to 1,481 in 2016, recording an increase of 5.1%.

In 2017, the bed occupancy rate of the general hospitals of the public sector was 75.6%, recording a slight increase compared to 2016, when it was 73.1%. The respective percentage for the rural hospitals in 2017 was 51.8%, recording an increase from 2016, when it was 46.9%.

Neoplasms have the highest share, 14.5%, of the total patients discharged from general hospitals, followed by diseases of the circulatory system with 9.7%, injuries, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes with 9.5%, diseases of the digestive system with 8.9% and diseases of the respiratory system with 8.5%. All other disease categories account for 43.5%, whereas Not stated accounts for 5.4%.

Out-patient Attendances

During 2017 a total of 1,800,016 out-patient attendances were recorded at the public medical institutions, recording a slight increase of 0.2% compared to 1,796,654 in 2016. Additionally, in 2017 a total of 301,624 patients visited the casualty departments, compared to 309,426 patients in 2016, recording a decrease of 2.5%.

Deaths and Causes of Death

In 2017, 6,188 deaths have been recorded, including all deaths of residents, as well as non-residents dying in Cyprus. A percentage of 52.9% of total deaths (3,274 deaths) refers to men, whereas 47.1% (2,914 deaths) refers to women. The main causes of death were diseases of the circulatory system (32.3%), neoplasms (23.7%), diseases of the respiratory system (9.7%), endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (7.0%), as well as external causes of injury and poisoning (5.2%). Other causes of death follow with lower frequencies.

SOURCE: CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY