Cost of a hospital bed

These are the world’s most expensive countries to be hospitalised

Noi Rotstein
by , Publishing Innovation and Data Analysis Manager

There are some places in the world where staying overnight in a hospital can cost more than a luxury hotel. And when looking at the cost of travel insurance, it can seem like pennies in comparison. The average hospital bed in the UK costs £423 per night for overseas visitors who pay, which places the UK at the 23rd most expensive in the world (out of 189 countries in our study). Not too bad, relatively, when compared to the most expensive hospital bed in the world – Monaco’s pricey hospitals cost 511% more on average than the UK for one night. Ouch!

£18,081

The amount it costs to stay seven nights in hospital in Monaco

What are the most expensive destinations to be hospitalised in?

Monaco’s pricey hospital stay of £2,583 for one night is even more baffling when compared to an average travel insurance premium for the week, of just £19. That’s 136 times cheaper than the cost of staying one night in hospital in Monaco. Luxembourg is the next priciest, at £1,360 per night for a hospital stay, which is more than £1,000 cheaper than Monaco.

As for how much you’d spend on a five-star hotel? One night in a five-star hotel in Monaco would set you back £385. That’s almost seven times cheaper than one night in hospital. In Luxembourg, it’s twelve times more expensive to stay in hospital – the average cost of a five-star hotel room is £117 per night for two people.

Map: The cost of a night in hospital around the world

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Top 10 most expensive hospital beds in the world

Rank Country Cost of hospital bed per day Average cost of travel insurance for a week Average cost of 5-star hotel
1 Monaco £2,583 £19 £385
2 Luxembourg £1,360 £19 £117
3 Norway £1,007 £19 £248
4 Qatar £981 £46 £138
5 Switzerland £662 £19 £328
6 San Marino £634 £19 £83
7 Denmark £606 £19 £154
8 Ireland £603 £19 £179
9 United Arab Emirates £545 £46 £235
10 Netherlands £533 £19 £116

Sources: World Health Organisation, travel insurance quotes, finder.com, Knoema, TripAdvisor

What are the costs of a hospital bed in the UK’s top travel destinations?

Spain is the UK’s travel destination of choice, and a hospital bed there costs an average £332 per day. Travel insurance for a week in Spain, however, costs an average £19. The most expensive hospital bed out of the top 10 travel destinations belongs to the Netherlands at £533 on average per day. And the average weekly cost of travel insurance? Same as Spain at £19.

Cost of a hospital bed for top 10 travel destinations

Rank Country Cost of hospital bed per day Travel insurance for a week Average cost of 5-star hotel
1 Spain £332 £19 £161
2 France £428 £19 £232
3 United States of America £482 £59 £344
4 Greece £287 £19 £108
5 Italy £365 £19 £188
6 Portugal £215 £19 £119
7 Thailand £29 £46 £119
8 Turkey £83 £19 £78
9 Cyprus £299 £19 £151
10 Netherlands £533 £19 £116

Sources: World Health Organisation, Office for National Statistics, travel insurance quotes, finder.com, Knoema, TripAdvisor

Which country has the worst healthcare rating?

Money isn’t everything, especially when it comes to your health. Even with travel insurance, you don’t want to get stuck in a country with a poor healthcare system. So we extended our analysis of the 10 most popular destinations to assess the quality of the medical system, based on four key measures:

  • International SOS ranking. The International SOS ranking gives a medical rating to a country based on numerous factors including: access to prescription medication, administrative, cultural and language barriers, the presence of infectious disease, and the standard of medical and dental care. These factors are ranked on a scale:
    • Rapidly developing variable risk. Refers to developing nations with disparate levels of healthcare: well-developed in major cities but almost non-existent in rural areas.
    • Low risk. International standard of care throughout the nation, with high standards of emergency care and low risk of infectious disease.
    • Medium risk. Varying (high to low) levels of standard international heath care available. Reasonable emergency services and minor risk of water-borne diseases.
    • High risk. Nations with limited medical services. Basic emergency and dental care. Serious risk of infectious diseases (e.g. dengue fever or typhoid). Limited access to prescription medication.
    • Very high risk. Healthcare systems that are either overtaxed or virtually non-existent. Limited to no emergency services, with the risk there is no access to prescription medications. High degree of risk for contracting an infectious disease.
  • WHO World Health Report ranking. The most recent World Health Report Health systems: improving performance (2000) assessed the performance of national health systems.
  • ONS departure figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) releases a yearly report on estimates of UK residents going abroad.

How do the countries stack up?

Spain

Cost of a hospital bed £332
Cost of travel insurance £19
Difference £313
International SOS ranking Low risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 7
UK travellers past year (ONS) 14,676,000
Travel warnings Demonstrations likely to happen in Barcelona and other areas of Catalonia region. Temporary restrictions may apply to car usage in Madrid when air pollution levels are high.

France

Cost of a hospital bed £428
Cost of travel insurance £19
Difference £409
International SOS ranking Low risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 1
UK travellers past year (ONS) 8,542,000
Travel warnings St Martin severley affected by hurricane damamge.

USA

Cost of a hospital bed £482
Cost of travel insurance £59
Difference £423
International SOS ranking Low risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 37
UK travellers past year (ONS) 3,597,000
Travel warnings Volcanic eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island. British residents will need prior authorisation to enter the US.

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Greece

Cost of a hospital bed £287
Cost of travel insurance £19
Difference £269
International SOS ranking Low risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 14
UK travellers past year (ONS) 2,480,000
Travel warnings Greece has capital controls in place, where there is a daily limit on withdrawing cash (usually €600).

Italy

Cost of a hospital bed £365
Cost of travel insurance £19
Difference £346
International SOS ranking Low risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 2
UK travellers past year (ONS) 4,089,000
Travel warnings If visiting a ski resort, be wary of avalanche conditions. In summer, fires remain a risk.

Portugal

Cost of a hospital bed £215
Cost of travel insurance £19
Difference £197
International SOS ranking Low risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 12
UK travellers past year (ONS) 2,806,000
Travel warnings Beware of street crime. Walking the levadas can be challenging if inxperienced.

Thailand

Cost of a hospital bed £29
Cost of travel insurance £46
Difference -£17
International SOS ranking Rapidly developing variable risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 47
UK travellers past year (ONS) 467,000
Travel warnings The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the provinces on the Thai-Malaysia border. In general, be wary of road traffic accidents in Thailand.

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Turkey

Cost of a hospital bed £83
Cost of travel insurance £19
Difference £64
International SOS ranking Low risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 70
UK travellers past year (ONS) 1,057,000
Travel warnings The FCO advises against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria, and to the city of Diyarbakir. Other areas nearby this border, the FCO advises against all but essential travel. There are now additional security measures on flights from Turkey to the UK.

Turkey travel insurance guide

Cyprus

Cost of a hospital bed £299
Cost of travel insurance £19
Difference £280
International SOS ranking Medium risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 24
UK travellers past year (ONS) 840,000
Travel warnings Driving standards are poor and Cyprus has a strict zero tolerance towards drugs.

Netherlands

Cost of a hospital bed £533
Cost of travel insurance £19
Difference £514
International SOS ranking Low risk
WHO World Health Report ranking 17
UK travellers past year (ONS) 2,761,000
Travel warnings Amsterdam’s public transport service doesn’t accept cash for buying tickets.

Complete list of 189 countries’ cost of a hospital bed

Rank Country Cost of hospital bed per day
1 Monaco £2,583
2 Luxembourg £1,360
3 Norway £1,007
4 Qatar £981
5 Switzerland £662
6 San Marino £634
7 Denmark £606
8 Ireland £603
9 United Arab Emirates £545
10 Netherlands £533
11 Sweden £519
12 Kuwait £518
13 Iceland £517
14 Finland £498
15 Austria £489
16 Australia £485
17 United States of America £482
18 Belgium £459
19 Canada £445
20 Singapore £440
21 Germany £433
22 France £428
23 United Kingdom £423
24 Brunei £378
25 Japan £368
26 Italy £365
27 Spain £332
28 Cyprus £299
29 Greece £287
30 New Zealand £275
31 Bahrain £275
32 Equatorial Guinea £268
33 Israel £255
34 Slovenia £251
35 Portugal £215
36 Oman £201
37 Malta £199
38 Czech Republic £187
39 Bahamas £184
40 Trinidad and Tobago £178
41 Republic of Korea £176
42 Saudi Arabia £168
43 Andorra £164
44 Slovakia £155
45 Estonia £155
46 Croatia £136
47 Hungary £135
48 Barbados £127
49 Latvia £127
50 Libyan Arab Jamahirya £126
51 Lithuania £122
52 Antigua and Barbuda £122
53 Poland £118
54 Russian Federation £102
55 Seychelles £97
56 Saint Kitts and Nevis £92
57 Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) £88
58 Niue £85
59 Turkey £83
60 Mexico £83
61 Chile £83
62 Gabon £82
63 Romania £78
64 Uruguay £74
65 Kazakhstan £67
66 Argentina £67
67 Malaysia £66
68 Palau £66
69 Cook Islands £62
70 Montenegro £59
71 Mauritius £57
72 Botswana £56
73 Lebanon £56
74 Bulgaria £55
75 Panama £54
76 Costa Rica £51
77 Belarus £49
78 Grenada £49
79 Saint Lucia £44
80 South Africa £42
81 Dominica £42
82 Suriname £42
83 Azerbaijan £42
84 Colombia £40
85 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines £40
86 Jamaica £39
87 The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia £37
88 Algeria £37
89 Serbia £37
90 Bosnia £36
91 Cuba £36
92 Iran £36
93 Dominican republic £33
94 Peru £33
95 Belize £32
96 Albania £30
97 Angola £30
98 Ecuador £30
99 Thailand £29
100 Tunisia £29
101 Namibia £29
102 Maldives £28
103 Ukraine £28
104 Fiji £28
105 Turkmenistan £26
106 Armenia £26
107 El Salvador £25
108 Nauru £24
109 China £23
110 Jordan £23
111 Cape Verde £22
112 Tonga £21
113 Iraq £21
114 Samoa £20
115 Georgia £20
116 Congo £19
117 Guatemala £19
118 Morocco £18
119 Paraguay £18
120 Vanuatu £17
121 Tuvalu £17
122 Swaziland £16
123 Syrian Arab Republic £15
124 Indonesia £14
125 Micronesia (Federated States of) £14
126 Marshall Islands £14
127 Egypt £14
128 Sri Lanka £13
129 Brazil £13
130 Honduras £12
131 Mongolia £12
132 Bhutan £12
133 Philippines £11
134 Bolivia £11
135 Republic of Moldova £10
136 Guyana £9
137 Nigeria £8
138 Kiribati £8
139 Sudan £8
140 Solomon Islands £8
141 Yemen £7
142 Cameroon £7
143 Papua New Guinea £7
144 Nicaragua £7
145 Djibouti £7
146 Sao Tome and Principe £6
147 India £6
148 Uzbekistan £6
149 Viet Nam £6
150 Cote d’Ivoire £6
151 Zambia £6
152 Senegal £6
153 Mauritania £6
154 Kyrgyzstan £5
155 Lao People’s Democratic Repubilc £5
156 Pakistan £5
157 Cambodia £4
158 Lesotho £4
159 Tajikistan £4
160 Kenya £4
161 Benin £4
162 Comoros £4
163 Chad £4
164 Ghana £4
165 Mali £3
166 Togo £3
167 Haiti £3
168 Afghanistan £3
169 Democratic People’s republic of Korea £3
170 Uganda £3
171 Bangladesh £3
172 Gambia £3
173 Myanmar £2
174 United Republic of Tanzania £2
175 Timor-Leste £2
176 Madagascar £2
177 Rwanda £2
178 Central African Republic £2
179 Mozambique £2
180 Nepal £2
181 Guinea £2
182 Niger £2
183 Sierra Leone £2
184 Ethiopia £2
185 Eritrea £1
186 Malawi £1
187 Guinea-bissau £1
188 Liberia £1
189 Democratic Republic of Congo £1

Sources: World Health Organisation, finder.com

Do I need travel insurance?

In a lot of cases, travel insurance with medical cover ends up being far cheaper than a hospital stay overseas. You never know if something might go wrong, so check out your travel insurance options to see if it’s worth it before jetting overseas.

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