Eleven Dutch hospitals are in poor financial condition. Their costs are rising, they have a staff shortage and the waiting lists are on the rise. This threatens to put health care under pressure.

The smaller hospitals in particular have problems with debts and a low buffer capital. BDO Accountants reports this in an annual stress test of the financial health of hospitals. A total of 64 hospitals were compared. University hospitals are compared in a later study.

Seven hospitals also scored insufficient last year. For example, there is the LangeLand Hospital in Zoetermeer that has had financial problems for some time. Last year the hospital also scored inadequate. Furthermore, the Ommelander Hospital Groningen scores very low in the test.

'Financial care infarction'

Last year, BDO already warned of a "financial care infarction". At that time, fourteen hospitals scored inadequate in the stress test of the accountancy and consultancy firm. This health care attack is still threatening, says BDO.

"Sustainably affordable and practicable care is by no means in sight," says the organization. For example, the investments that hospitals make while substantial investments are needed.

The average figure for financial health rose from 7.1 in 2017 to 7.4 over the figures for 2018. All hospitals together recorded an operating result of 274 million euros last year, 63 million euros more than in 2017. Furthermore, the return of the hospitals from 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent