Volume 16 Supplement 1
Intensive care services in Hungary 2000 to 2010: an analysis of bed numbers, occupancy rates, case mix and economics
© Csomos et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
Published: 20 March 2012
The purpose of this study is to describe the changes in pattern of intensive care (ICU) use over a 10-year period in Hungary. We attempt to analyze national data in order to improve resource use.
A retrospective analysis of national data provided by the hospitals for reimbursement of care to the National Healthcare Fund of Hungary between 2000 and 2010.
Distribution of intensive care services in 2010
National data, 2010
Total number of units
Total number of beds
Case mix index (mean ± SD)
University hospitals (level III)
7.67 (± 4.06)
County hospitals (level II)
8.08 (± 2.89)
City hospitals (level I)
6.05 (± 1.97)
Our data suggest that intensive care beds are not utilized; a progressive level of care does not function and also there are unnecessary regional differences in intensive care provision in Hungary.
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