The U.S. Has Fewer Physicians and Hospital Beds Per Capita Than Italy and Other Countries Overwhelmed by COVID-19

A new analysis and chart collection finds that the U.S. has fewer hospital beds and working towards physicians per capita than many equally giant and rich international locations with well being care techniques already strained by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Compared to Italy and Spain, two international locations by which hospitals have already been overwhelmed by an inflow of COVID-19 sufferers, the U.S. has fewer working towards physicians per capita – 2.6 per 1,000 folks, in comparison with 4.zero in Italy and three.9 in Spain – however extra licensed nurses. While the U.S. has a better variety of whole hospital workers than most comparable international locations, practically half of that workforce is comprised of non-clinical employees who should not straight concerned in delivering care.

The U.S. additionally lags behind comparable international locations in hospital beds per capita, with 2.eight hospital beds for each 1,000 folks, a capability just like that of Canada and the United Kingdom, however lower than different equally rich international locations. Italy, the nation with the best variety of COVID-19-related deaths thus far, has 3.2 hospital beds per 1,000 folks – solely barely greater than the U.S. South Korea, which has reportedly slowed the speed of recent an infection, has 12 beds per 1,000 folks. Some information counsel, nevertheless, that the U.S. might have extra ICU beds per particular person than many comparable international locations. 

The evaluation additionally consists of charts on protection and affordability boundaries that will restrict entry to care, in addition to the well being of at-risk teams. Compared to different giant, rich international locations, the U.S. has a better illness burden, attributable to heart problems, persistent respiratory illness, and diabetes, all circumstances related to extra critical outcomes for COVID-19 sufferers.

The chart assortment and evaluation is a part of the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, a web based info hub devoted to monitoring and assessing the efficiency of the U.S. well being system. For extra information, evaluation, polling and journalism on the COVID-19 pandemic, go to our special resource page on kff.org.

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