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In 2008, the total number of hospital stays (which includes classic or day hospital stays and ambulatory contacts with emergency departments) was 5,138,177. This number increased to 6,214,325 in 2017.

To accurately compare this evolution over time, it is necessary to look at the number of stays /contacts per 100,000 inhabitants. From 2008 to 2017, this number increased by 13.9%. This is mainly due to a higher number of day hospitalisations (+29%) and ambulatory contacts with emergency departments (+15.5%). Another lesson is that from 2013 onwards, day hospital stays exceed those of classic hospitalisation.