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Table 3 Hospital days and expenditures for alcohol treatment (general, mental health and specialty hospitals), for 15 EU countries, 2010

From: Public spending for illegal drug and alcohol treatment in hospitals: an EU cross-country comparison

Country Public expenditure per hospital day (euros) Hospital days for alcohol treatment per 1,000 capita Proportion of hospital days attributable to alcohol treatment (%) Alcohol treatment expenditure by hospitals (million euros) Alcohol treatment expenditure by hospitals, per capita (euros) Alcohol treatment expenditure by hospitals, as percentage of GDP
Central-western and western country group (Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands and UK missing)
Austria* 507 47 1.88% 198 23.7 0.069%
Germany 391 49 2.16% 1578 19.3 0.063%
Mean (SD) Central-western and western country group 449 (82) 48 (2) 2.02% (0.2%) 888 (976) 21.5 (3.1) 0.066% (0.004%)
Central-eastern and eastern country group (Estonia missing)
Slovenia 432 34 2.69% 30 14.5 0.084%
Slovakia 165 58 4.11% 51 9.5 0.078%
Poland 167 51 4.15% 325 8.5 0.092%
Hungary 121 31 1.76% 38 3.8 0.039%
Latvia* 140 19 1.68% 6 2.7 0.033%
Czech Republic 211 53 2.54% 118 11.3 0.079%
Lithuania 113 19 1.08% 7 2.2 0.026%
Romania 81 13 0.73% 22 1.0 0.018%
Bulgaria 69 13 0.87% 7 0.9 0.019%
Mean (SD) central-eastern and eastern country group 166 (109) 32 (18) 2.18% (1.30%) 67 (103) 6.0 (5.0) 0.052% (0.030%)
Nordic countries (Denmark missing)
Sweden 1532 11 1.10% 155 16.6 0.044%
Finland* 428 25 1.19% 57 10.7 0.032%
Mean (SD) nordic countries 980 (780) 18 (10) 1.14% (0.06%) 106 (69) 13.6 (4.1) 0.038% (0.009%)
Southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain missing)
Portugal 1045 3 0.49% 29 2.7 0.017%
Cyprus* 936 0.03 0.01% 0.1 0.1 0.001%
Mean (SD) southern Europe 990 (78) 1.3 (1.8) 0.25% (0.35%) 14 (20) 1.4 (1.8) 0.009% (0.011%)
Mean (SD) EU-15 423 (429) 28 (19) 1.76% (1.21%) 175 (399) 8.5 (7.4) 0.046% (0.029%)
  1. *The live-born infants (Z38) of Austria, Cyprus, Latvia and Finland are not included in the total hospital days, and this could lead to an overestimation of the hospital expenditures.
  2. The data of Cyprus covers only public sector hospitals. Portugal covers all public inpatient institutions and only two private hospitals. Consequently, the hospital days for alcohol treatment are underestimated, and this may also affect the proportion of hospital days attributable to alcohol treatment. The results of Southern Europe will not be analyzed due to this missing data.