• Lithotriptors in hospital setting, total number (Line chart)
Data set notes
European database on human and technical resources for health

Indicators: 250
Updated: 23 September 2016

HlthRes-DB provides a wide range of statistics on human and technical resources for health and offers data on non-monetary health care resources collected through the joint work of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and WHO/Europe. It contains nearly 200 indicators on human and technical resources for health.

Human resources indicators: Indicators include the number and density of a wide range of health personnel (such as physicians, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists and health care assistants), according to three different concepts (those practising, professionally active and licensed to practice). Information on employment in hospitals and numbers of medical and other graduates is also available.

Technical resources data: Data include the number and density of hospitals and hospital beds, stratified by ownership of facility (public, non-profit-making private and for-profit private), in addition to the number of beds for long-term care.

HlthRes-DB also contains indicators on the availability of the following medical equipment: computed tomography (CT) scanners, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units, positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, gamma cameras, digital subtraction angiography units, mammographs, radiation therapy equipment and lithotriptors.

Coverage: HlthRes-DB contains data from the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region. To be updated yearly, usually in late summer, it is currently available in English and Russian.

More information: http://www.euro.who.int/en/data-and-evidence/databases/european-database-on-human-and-technical-resources-for-health-hlthres-db
Indicator notes
Lithotriptors in hospital setting, total number
Indicator code: medTech.lithotriptor.hosp This indicator shares the definition with the parent indicator "Lithotriptors, total number".

Number of lithotriptors (or shock-wave lithotripsy units; LSI units).

A lithotriptor is an extracorporeal shock wave machine used to shatter kidney stones and gallstones.
Country/Area notes
No data available.
Source of data: Austrian Federal Ministry of Health & Gesundheit Osterreich GmbH, Monitoring of medical technology development (Gro?gerateerhebung).
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Complete (as far as information is available regarding the ambulatory sector).
Estimation method: From 2006 on, data for LSI units are a perpetuation of 2005, because these data are not collected any more.
Data not available.
Source of data: National Research Center for Medical Technology, Information, Management and Economics of Health, Ministry of Health. Questionnaires original research "Information on medical devices and life is put into operation in health care organizations."
Coverage: Data provided only for healthcare organizations under the Ministry of Health.
Source of data: Federal Service of Public Health, DG 1 “Organisation of health provisions”; Ministry of the Flemish community and Ministry of the French community.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Data on high-tech equipment in cabinets of ambulatory care providers are not available.
- Data correspond to the number of hospitals with this technology.
Deviation from definition: Data correspond to the number of hospitals with lithotriptors (rather than the number of lithotriptors).
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Data not available.
Source of data: National Centre for Public Health and Analyses at the Ministry of Health Due to structural transformations in the health care system in 2011 the National Centre for Health Information was transform into National Centre for Public Health and Analyses
Reference period: 31st of December
Coverage: The study is with annual periodicity. All types of health establishments except hospices are included.
Source of data: Croatian National Institute of Public Health, Medical Equipment Database
Reference period: 31st December
Coverage: Data includes lithotriptors in all public and private hospitals and other health care providers in Croatia, except prison hospital.
Source of data: Up to 2004: Nicosia General Hospital, Medical Physics Department. From 2005: Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, Department of Labour Inspection, Radiation Inspections and Control Service.
Reference period: 31st December.
Source of data: Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic; Survey on medical apparatus in health establishments.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Until 1999, only establishments of the health sector covered. From the year 2000, data cover all sectors.
Break in time series: 2000.
Data not available.
Source of data: National Institute for Health Development, Department of Health Statistics since 2008. Validity of the source:
- Valid since 2005.
- Data on equipment were not collected routinely before 2005. Since 2006 data have been included in the annual reports of health care providers.
Reference period: 31st of December.
- All providers. Since 2006 data have been included in the annual reports (“Health Care Provider”).
- Devices rented from foreign firms are excluded, although the service is provided by Estonian health care providers.
- Data are collected from hospitals and ambulatory care providers. Due to the changes in the HP coding in 2014 according to the SHA2011 some providers, previously classified under HP3, were classified under HP4. To avoid data loss since 2014 also HP4 providers are included under category “ambulatory care”.
Source of data: Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority Finland.
Coverage: All hospitals.
Source of data: Ministere de la Sante et des Sports - Direction de la Recherche, des Etudes, de l'Evaluation et des Statistiques (DREES). Data are from the “Statistique Annuelle des Etablissements de sante (SAE)”. NB: This survey has been recasted in 2014 for the data concerning 2013 (review and update of the questionnaire, change of the unit surveyed [legal entity ( geographical establishment], improvement of the consistency between the survey and an administrative source of data on the activity of hospitals). Though the principles of the survey remain the sames, some concepts and some questions have changed: this can lead to break in series for year 2013. For this series, our first hypothesis to explain the break in series observed is a higher rate of non-response to this particular question for 2013. Perhaps is it due to the importance of the recast of the survey SAE, that demanded big efforts to the team in charge of filling the questionnaire in each hospital.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Data refer to metropolitan France and D.O.M. (overseas departments).
Source: Data are based on annual statistical reports from health establishments to the Ministry of Health and include both, public and private sectors and also facilities working under other Ministries, such as Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defence.
Source of data: Federal Statistical Office, Hospital statistics (basic data of hospitals and prevention or rehabilitation facilities); Statistisches Bundesamt, Fachserie 12, Reihe 6.1.1, table
2.8.1 and ibid., Fachserie 12, Reihe 6.1.2, table 2.6; http://www.destatis.de or http://www.gbe-bund.de.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Data on medical technology include equipment installed in all types of hospitals (HP.1) in all sectors (public, not-for-profit and private).
- Additional equipment in the ambulatory sector is not counted in official statistics.
Source of data: Healthcare Technology Consultation Centre.
Source of data: Until 2007: Hungarian National Institute for Hospital and Medical Engineering (ORKI). From 2008: Healthcare Quality Improvement and Hospital Engineering (EMKI) (http://www.emki.hu/).
Reference period: 31st December.
- Equipment used in military hospitals (belonging to the Ministry of Defence) and the health institutes of the Hungarian State Railways are not included.
- The number contains only those units which are owned by health care institutions under contract with the National Insurance Fund (OEP).
Break in time series: EMKI explains the large increase in 2008 as procurement of new equipment. This increase is also due to action that year that addressed the healthcare institutions one by one and called attention to their obligation to provide data. Due to deficient data provision by data providers it cannot be accurately determined to what extent the increase includes new pieces of equipment or old ones that are reported only now.
Source of data: Icelandic Radiation Safety Authority.
Reference period: 31st December.
Source of data: Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland.
Reference period: End of each calendar year.
- All figures are taken from the RPII's licensing database and were calculated at the end of each calendar year. Figures reflect the number of machines licensed by the RPII in Ireland. Under the licensing system used, the RPII assigns purposes to each item of equipment which indicates the clinical use of that item e.g. mammography, fluoroscopy, CT etc. This designation is based upon data supplied from equipment users. Therefore, the figures reflect how they describe the equipment.
- The number of lithotripsy would be included in the number of fluoroscopy units. There is one licensee who supplies external mobile lithotripsy services to hospitals. Only six units are recorded as having a purpose of "lithotripsy". There may be other units in use but these may have other purposes assigned by the licensee.
Source of data: The data are based on the Medical Institutions License Registry maintained by the Department of Medical Facilities and Equipment Licensing and the Health Information Division in the Ministry of Health.
Reference period: End of the year.
Coverage: Includes all licensed lithotriptors units. * Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; Statistical Report no.49 "About Diagnostic Radiology".
Reference period: 31 December.
Source of data: Health Information Centre of Institute of Hygiene, data of entire annual survey of health establishments.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: The number of functioning equipment.
Source of data: Direction de la Sante, Service de Radioprotection.
Coverage: Includes all equipment in use.
Source of data:
- Aggregated data from Individual Institutions, Directorate of Institutional Health, Ministry of Health, the Elderly and Community Care and Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA)
- 2008 onwards: Individual Institutions
Reference period: 31st December
Coverage: 2007: Data on LSI units in HP.3 is not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: Annual reports social account which hospitals are required to deliver.
Data not available.
Source of data: Ministry of Health:
- MZ-12 - report on activity and workers in outpatient specialised health care. Data as at 31st December.
- MZ-29 - report on activity of general hospital. Data as at 31st December.
- Registers of authorisations given on activating and using the x-ray machines for medical diagnostics, interventional radiology, surface radiotherapy, radiotherapy of non-cancer diseases and on activating rooms using such devices. These registers are conducted by the provincial sanitary inspectors (16 units) and once a year by the report MZ-52 – “the report on radiation hygiene”. Data are delivered once a year to Chief Sanitary Inspector. Ministry of Interior:
- MSW-33 Report on nursing and residential care facilities. Data are collected on an annual basis. Data as at 31st December.
Source of data:
- For all sectors (inpatient and outpatient facilities): Ministry of Health - Survey of High-tech Facilities.
- For inpatient facilities (official and private hospitals): Hospital Survey.
- Data include the total installed equipment.
Republic of Moldova
Data not available.
Source of data: National Institute of Statistics, Activity of Sanitary Units – annual survey performed by NIS.
Reference period: data as of 31st December.
Coverage: For 2006 year the data covers all hospitals from public sector, starting with 2007 data refers to hospitals and ambulatory care units of public and private sector. For 2007 ambulatory sector did not report any data for lithotriptors.
Russian Federation
Data not available.
San Marino
Source: Health Authority.
Source of data: Institute of Public Health of Serbia, Register of medical equipment of national interest. http://www.batut.org.rs/ Data as of December 31.
Coverage: Data for Kosovo-Metohija province are not included in the coverage of data for the Republic of Serbia. Data from health institutions under other ministries (military services, prisons, social services) than the Ministry of Health are not included. Data from private health sector are not included.
Source of data: National Health Information Center.
- A revision of data within the register of medical technology was made in SR in 2004; therefore, data for CT scanners, radiation therapy units and lithotriptors were submitted only from 2003. Data for CT scanners, radiation therapy units and Lithotriptors up to the year 2003 are inconsistent, and their numbers were not submitted for the table “Medical technology available in HP1 + HP3 together”.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Medical technologies available regardless of frequency of use.
Source of data: Slovenian Radiation Protection Administration, registry of radiation sources in medicine and veterinary medicine.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Refers to all institutions in Slovenia.
Note: Data from 2010 till 2013 are not applicable.
Source of data:
- 1988: Pablo Lazaro y de Mercado. "Evaluacion de Servicios Sanitarios: La Alta Tecnologia en Espana". Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias de la Seguridad Social (F.I.S).
- From 1992 to 2009: Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equity from National Catalogue of Hospitals (several issues). http://www.msc.es/ciudadanos/prestaciones/centrosServiciosSNS/hospitales/home.htm.
- Since 2010: Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equity from Specialised Care Information System (Sistema de Informacion de Atencion Especializada - SIAE).
Reference period: 31st December.
- Until 2009, data from National Catalogue of Hospitals relate only to devices available in hospitals; they do not include equipment in other health care facilities.
- Since 2010, data are available for equipment in hospitals and ambulatory sector.
Break in time series: 1992 and 2010.
- Change in data source.
- Information about medical technology and diagnostic activity for centers HP.3 included since 2010.
Data not available.
Source of data: FSO Federal Statistical Office, Neuchatel, hospital statistics; yearly census.
Coverage: Hospitals (HP.1).
Deviation from the definition: 1997-2006 in Hospitals (HP.1) only: the data represent the number of hospitals running at least one unit.
Break in time series: Hospital statistics have been revised (data year 2010); new counting of all equipment.
Data not available.

TFYR Macedonia
Source of data: Ministry of health.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Data include only equipment from publicly owned hospitals and ambulatory sector, private sector is excluded.
Source of data: General Directorate Health Services, Ministry of Health.
- Data cover the number of devices in the MoH, university hospitals and private hospitals in addition to those used by outsourcing in Turkey.
Data Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, the state statistical reporting forms for registration of personnel agencies and healthcare enterprises.
Reporting period: December 31st.
Coverage: Data provided by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, without the
Inclusion of data from other ministries and departments.
Data not available.
United Kingdom
Data not available.
Data not available.