Health, lifestyle, health care use and supply, causes of death; from 1900

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This table presents a wide variety of historical data in the field of health, lifestyle and health care. Figures on births and mortality, causes of death and the occurrence of certain infectious diseases are available from 1900, other series from later dates.
In addition to self-perceived health, the table contains figures on infectious diseases, hospitalisations per diagnosis, life expectancy, lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity, and causes of death. The table also gives information on several aspects of health care, such as the number of practising professionals, the number of available hospital beds, nursing day averages and the expenditures on care.
Many subjects are also covered in more detail by data in other tables, although sometimes with a shorter history. Data on notifiable infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS are not included in other tables.

Data available from: 1900

Status of the figures:
Most figures are definite.
Figures are provisional for the last year reported for:
- Hospital admissions;
- Quantitative hospital data;
- Health professions;
- Causes of death.
Figures are (revised) provisional for the last three years reported for the expenditures on care.
Due to 'dynamic' registrations, figures for infectious diseases remain provisional.

Changes as of 7 July 2023:
- For each series the most recent available figures have been added.

Changes as of 14 July 2022:
- For health care expenditure, the volume index series with reference year 2010 has been replaced for a new series with reference year 2015.

When will new figures be published?
December 2023

Description topics

Health status
Health as perceived by the person him/herself as well as health as
assessed by medical professionals; the latter in terms of occurrence of
notifiable infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, use of medication, and private
sector sickness absence.
Occurrence of infectious diseases
Some notifiable infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS.
In the period 1987 to 1998, physicians reported 80-90% of patients diagnosed with AIDS to the Health Inspection on a voluntary basis. This gave a good representation of the distribution of HIV. Since the introduction of more effective HIV therapy in 1996, the number of new diagnoses of AIDS has dropped substantially, and the registration of AIDS diagnoses is therefore no longer suitable for HIV-monitoring purposes.
Since 2002 the HIV Monitoring Foundation (HMF) collects data on all patients infected with HIV; therefore, the table also contains data on HIV infections. At the start of the epidemic, only HIV-infected patients were registered who were treated with antiviral drugs. Only from 2001, all HIV-infected patients were registered regardless of the treatment received.
From 1999 onwards, figures on AIDS consist of new AIDS diagnoses among registered HIV patients, as monitored by the SHM. (In 2003, the voluntary notification system for AIDS was formally abolished).
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
ICD-9: 042-044;
ICD-10: B20-B24.
Up to and including 1998, patients diagnosed with AIDS were reported to
the Health Inspection. From 1999 onwards, figures on AIDS consist of new
AIDS diagnoses in the HMF national HIV monitoring database.
As the HIV monitoring database is dynamic (expanding), the number of
diagnoses for recent years must be treated as provisional figures.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus, virus responsible for the Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
ICD-9: 042-044;
ICD-10: B20-B24.
Diagnose based on the SHM HIV monitoring database. As the HIV monitoring
database is dynamic (expanding), the number of diagnoses for recent years
must be treated as provisional figures.
Use of health care services
Contacts with health professionals and hospital admissions.
Contacts with health professionals
Percentage of persons in the population aged 0 years or older who had contacted the health professional concerned at least once in the 12 months preceding the survey date.
Due to changes in methodology and questionnaire, data before and after 2010 cannot fully be compared.
General practitioner (GP)
Contacts with a GP in the Netherlands:
- visits to a GP,
- GP home visits,
- telephone consultations,
- other contacts
Contacts with a locum and the emergency GP service are included, contacts
with the GP surgery assistant are not.
Care supply
Quantitative data on hospitals, health professionals and costs of care.
Health professions
Until 1998, the figures refer either to the number of active professionals or to the number of registered professionals on 31 December of the year concerned, depending on the profession.

From 1999, the figures apply to qualified medically trained professionals registered in the official health professions register (BIG-register) on the reference date (last Friday in September), who are employed in the Dutch care sector or care-related activities, depending on the type of profession. They include Dutch residents and non-residents who work in the Netherlands.
General practitioners (GPs)
Up to 1998: The number of active general practitioners, including self-employed and
those employed by others.

From 1999: the number of BIG-registered general practitioners working in the Dutch care sector.