Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Feb. 21, 2020
Jun. 30, 2019
Document Information [Line Items]   
Document Type10-K  
Amendment Flagfalse  
Document Period End DateDec. 31, 2019  
Document Fiscal Year Focus2019  
Document Fiscal Period FocusFY  
Trading SymbolMPW  
Entity Registrant NameMedical Properties Trust, Inc  
Entity Central Index Key0001287865  
Current Fiscal Year End Date--12-31  
Entity Well-known Seasoned IssuerYes  
Entity Current Reporting StatusYes  
Entity Voluntary FilersNo  
Entity Filer CategoryLarge Accelerated Filer  
Entity Shell Companyfalse  
Entity Small Businessfalse  
Entity Emerging Growth Companyfalse  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 520,927,310 
Entity Public Float  $ 6,838,816,594
Title of 12(b) SecurityCommon stock, par value $0.001 per share, of Medical Properties Trust, Inc.  
Security Exchange NameNYSE  
Entity File Number001-32559  
Entity Tax Identification Number20-0191742  
Entity Address, Address Line One1000 Urban Center Drive  
Entity Address, Address Line TwoSuite 501  
Entity Address, City or TownBirmingham  
Entity Address, State or ProvinceAL  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code35242  
City Area Code(205)  
Local Phone Number969-3755  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country CodeMD  
Document Annual Reporttrue  
Document Transition Reportfalse  
Entity Interactive Data CurrentYes  
Documents Incorporated by Reference

Portions of the definitive Proxy Statement of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 21, 2020 are incorporated by reference into Items 10 through 14 of Part III, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

  
MPT Operating Partnership, L.P. [Member]   
Document Information [Line Items]   
Document Type10-K  
Amendment Flagfalse  
Document Period End DateDec. 31, 2019  
Document Fiscal Year Focus2019  
Document Fiscal Period FocusFY  
Entity Registrant NameMPT Operating Partnership, L.P.  
Entity Central Index Key0001524607  
Current Fiscal Year End Date--12-31  
Entity Well-known Seasoned IssuerNo  
Entity Current Reporting StatusYes  
Entity Voluntary FilersNo  
Entity Filer CategoryNon-accelerated Filer  
Entity Shell Companyfalse  
Entity Small Businessfalse  
Entity Emerging Growth Companyfalse  
Entity Tax Identification Number20-0242069  
Entity Address, Address Line One1000 Urban Center Drive  
Entity Address, Address Line TwoSuite 501  
Entity Address, City or TownBirmingham  
Entity Address, State or ProvinceAL  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code35242  
City Area Code(205)  
Local Phone Number969-3755  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country CodeDE  
Entity Interactive Data CurrentYes  

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