Slight drop in hospital patient numbers
The number of patients being treated in Luxembourg hospitals fell slightly last year compared with 2012, according to an annual report published by the country's health service.
In its 2013 results, the "Caisse Nationale de Santé" (CNS), reponsible for processing medical reimbursements for patients covered by the system, revealed that 30,898 patients were treated in the country's hospitals.
Despite the fact that the number of residents and cross-border workers covered by the health system rose (up 2.2 percent to 756,185), total hospital patient numbers fell from 31,046 in 2012.
No doubt, this will come as a relief after several years in which hospitals have experienced a rampant rise in patient numbers from 24,481 in 2010, to 29,437 in 2011.
The report revealed that the largest proportion of patients (19 percent) were aged 40 to 49 years old with a further 18.4 percent aged 50 to 59.
Other findings showed that the number of physiotherapists working in the Grand Duchy jumped from 807 in 2012 to 864 in 2013. The report explains this development results from an expansion of the kinds of services offered by physiotherapists.
The majority of treatments (548,716) were to treat conditions relating to the spine, followed by conditions relating to a specific limb (507,876).
To read the report in French, visit www.statistiques.public.lu
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