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DREM releases today on its website the publication “Health Statistics in the Autonomous Region of Madeira 2019” and the “Time Series on Health Statistics 1979-2019”

DREM releases today on its website the publication “Health Statistics in the Autonomous Region of Madeira 2019”, a compilation of data concerning Health in the Autonomous Region of Madeira on several domains: Health staff, Hospitals, Pharmacies, Vaccination, Parturitions and Causes of Death. At the same time DREM updates the time series on Health Statistics 1979-2019  with the 2019 data on causes of death.

The annual publication contains a summary of the main results, from where the following was extracted:

Health staff

  • The number of physicians registered in the Guild at December 31st of 2019 was 1,129, up by 4.5% when compared to the corresponding day of 2018 (1.080). The number of physicians per 1,000 inhabitants maintained an upward trend, rising from 4.3 in 2018 to 4.4 in 2019.
  • In 2019, 2,335 nurses were registered in the Guild (2,272 in 2018), which corresponded to 9.2 nurses per 1,000 habitants (8.9 in 2018).
  • In 2019, the number of pharmacists was 237 (a increase of 3 pharmacists from 2018). In this year, there were 0.93 pharmacists per 1,000 habitants.


Health establishments


  • In 2019, there were ten hospitals in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, three of them official and the remaining seven private.
  • In the year of reference, the average number of used hospital beds stood at 1,868, representing a ratio of 7.4 beds per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • There were 315.3 thousand medical consultations in the external consultation unit of hospitals, a higher figure than in 2018 (295.2 thousand consultations).
  • 8 thousand persons stayed overnight as inpatients (25.8 thousand in 2018), corresponding to 576.5 thousand days of hospitalisation.
  • 3 surgeries (except small surgeries) per day were performed in the hospitals of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
  • In the reference year, 125.2 thousand persons were attended in the emergency departments (118.3 thousand in 2018).

Pharmacies (2019)

  • In 2019, there were 65 pharmacies in the Autonomous Region of Madeira and 1 medicine depot (the same values as in the previous year). There were also 18 points of sale for medicinal products not subject to a medical prescription (2 more than in 2018).
  • There were 26 pharmacies per 100,000 inhabitants in 2019. 


  • According to the data provided by the Institute of Health Administration and Social Affairs (IA Saúde), 105,864 vaccines were administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira in 2019.
  • The number of vaccines administered under the Regional Imunisation Programme was 57,539. Outside this Programme the number of administered vaccines stood at 48,325.

Deliveries by mothers

  • 1,862 deliveries by mothers residing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira were carried out in 2019, representing a 1.9% decrease over 2018 (1,898 deliveries). Twenty nine of that total were deliveries of twins.
  • In the year of reference, 76.6% of the deliveries were from mothers aged between 25 and 39 years.

Causes of death (2019)

  • In 2019, there were 2,679 deaths of residents in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, corresponding to a 1.9% decrease from 2018 (2,730 deaths).
  • The diseases of the circulatory system remained as the main cause of death in the Autonomous Region of Madeira in 2019, generating 797 deaths, i.e. 29.7% of the 2,679 deaths (28.9% in 2018). Compared to the preceding year, deaths provoked by these diseases increased by 1.1%
  • Malignant neoplasms were the second most important death cause in the Region in 2019, contributing with 622 deaths, 23.2% of the total (21.8% in 2018). The number of deaths due to malignant neoplasms went up by 4.5% compared to the prior year.
  • The diseases of the respiratory system were the third most important cause of death, generating 444 deaths, i.e. 16.6% of the total (18.9% in the previous year). Compared to the preceding year, the deaths due to this cause dropped by 14.0%. From that overall number of deaths, 259 are attributed to pneumonia (313 in 2018).

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