More than 1.5 million out-patients
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More than 1.5 million out-patients

In 2012, every third person living in Norway attended a general hospital for at least one out-patient consultation, day case or in-patient stay, with women being much more frequent visitors than men. Around 1 560 000 persons had at least one out-patient consultation.

Number of persons with at least one treatment at general hospitals, by sex. 20121
 In totalMenWomen
1One person can have received treatment at more than one level of care. Only Norwegian residents are included.
Total number of patients at general hospitals1 763 265809 597953 668
In-patients577 715255 172322 543
Number of patients with day cases207 73090 928116 802
Out-patients1 558 445710 624847 821
Number of patients at general hospitals, by age and gender. 2012

In total, more than 1 750 000 patients were treated or examined at general hospitals last year. More women than men go to hospital, and that applies to all three levels of care. Slightly more than 800 000 men and 950 000 women were in hospital. The gender differences were largest for in-patients and day case patients.

Women outnumber men among adults at hospitals

Among persons under 20 years of age, more boys than girls go to hospital. There are more boys than girls in this age group in the population. In addition, young boys tend to be more at risk of diseases than girls and they also get injured more frequently. The high number of persons aged 0-9 years in hospital must be seen as a consequence of all newborns being registered as patients regardless of their health status.

In all the other age groups there are more women than men that go to hospital. Women of a fertile age in particular are hospitalised much more than their male counterparts. A large part of this difference is related to pregnancies and giving birth. For the age groups from 50 up to 80 years the distinction is less between the genders. For the eldest, however, the difference is huge, but this is due to the fact that there are many more women than men aged 80 years and up. The profile of the need for hospital services changes when taking into account the number of inhabitants in each age group. It is only natural, therefore, that the eldest group has the highest proportion of persons attending hospital.

Differences from the Norwegian Patient Register Open and readClose

The patient statistics from Statistics Norway are based on data from the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s Norwegian Patient Register (NPR). The population for the patient statistics in Statistics Norway covers the activity in general hospitals according to the definition in the Register of Business Enterprises. This definition deviates somewhat from the population that the NPR uses in its statistics, which covers all institutions with activity-based financing.