While smaller hospitals in particular sometimes suffer from financial problems, the financial situation at university hospitals is still stable. However, the average results of the University Medical Centers (UMCs) have fallen.

This is the conclusion of BDO Accountants & Adviseurs in a report published on Tuesday. Earlier in a similar study, the financial performance of general hospitals was assessed.

On average the general hospitals received a 7.4, but fourteen of these hospitals did not score enough. The eight university hospitals score an average of 7.8 and five of the eight centers scored an 8 or higher.

The researchers note that the score is "remarkably lower" than a year earlier. Then the UMCs achieved an average of 9.2. This was due to a different calculation, but the results also declined.

'Reality check' for hospitals

The UMCs saw both the personnel costs and the other costs rise more than the revenues. For example, the costs of non-paid staff increased by 8 percent.

"After the glossy figures for 2017, 2018 is the year of the reality check," says Chris van den Haak, chairman of the Healthcare sector group of BDO. "In the coming years, all hospitals will have to deal with the effects of the outline agreement for specialist medical care 2019-2022."

"It has been agreed that the annual growth in recent years will be turned down to 0 percent in 2022. It is expected that this financing framework, just as with general hospitals, will become tight."

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