In 2018, the number of vacancies that were difficult to fill increased by 39 percent. This is the conclusion of healthcare buyer Intrakoop and accountancy firm Verstegen after analyzing 78 annual reports of hospitals in the Netherlands.
The shortage resulted in 4.6 percent higher operating expenses, because external forces were often used at higher costs.
The number of job vacancies at hospitals increased at all: the total increase was 9.4 percent. This brought the number of vacancies to 8,095.
The costs for patients and residents also saw an increase. These increased by 7.5 percent to 5.5 billion euros. These costs mainly consisted of medicines, pesticides and dialysis supplies.
Despite the shortages and rising costs, the financial position of Dutch hospitals did improve in 2018. For example, shareholders 'equity rose to a total of 6.9 billion euros, and the institutions' profit was 444 million euros. Operating expenses amounted to 5.2 billion euros.
Only six of the hospitals that were examined had a negative result, mainly due to incidental causes.