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

Table description

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.
Figures are (revised) provisional for the last three years reported for:
- expenditures on care.
Due to 'dynamic' registrations, figures for infectious diseases remain provisional.

Changes as of 18 December 2020:
- For each series the most recent available figures have been added.

Changes as of 31 March 2020:
- Figures on hospital beds from 2006 onwards have been replaced by data based on a new source, and completed with recent figures.

When will new figures be published?
December 2021.

Description topics

Care supply
Quantitative data on hospitals, health professionals and costs of care.
Quantitative hospital data
Total number of beds, hospital admissions, nursing days, and average
duration of hospitalisation per admission for all hospitals (general,
university and specialised hospitals including revalidation centres).
Figures for 1932-1964 exclude sanatoriums for tuberculosis patients and
clinics for patients with neuroses; figures until 1972 exclude military
hospitals. Source: 1925-1964: Public Health Inspectorate.
Until 2006: actual beds (for both in-patient and out-patient treatment). This is the average number of beds a health care institution uses in its
daily care schedule. Including beds in hospital psychiatric wards
(PAAZ/PUK beds). Source: until 2002 the annual survey among hospitals and rehabilitation institutions, by Statistics Netherlands, 2002-2005 performed by Prismant.
From 2006: The number of actual beds at health care providers (academic hospitals, general hospitals, categoral hospitals and rehabilitation institutions), for stay and (clinical, day-and part-time) treatment, excluding PAAZ/PUK beds and including cribs for healthy newborns and beds in rehabilitation institutions. Infomation comes from DigiMV (web survey) and is part of the annual Corporate Responsibility document.
PAAZ: psychiatric ward of a general hospital
PUK: psychiatric university clinic

Hospital admissions
The number of new periods of hospitalisation for which one or more
nursing days are charged. Hospital births are counted as admissions, with
the exception of out-patient births. Internal transfers, i.e. within the
same hospital, are not counted as new admissions. Healthy babies who stay
in the hospital during their mother's admission are counted as
admissions. Until 2006, admissions to hospital psychiatric wards
(PAAZ/PUK admissions) are included. From 2006 PAAZ admissions are
excluded, and from 2008 this also applies for PUK admissions.
PAAZ: psychiatric ward of a general hospital
PUK: psychiatric university clinic
Nursing days
Calendar day for which a patient is charged, falling within the period
from hospital admission to discharge. The day of admission, if admission
is before 20.00 hrs, and the day of discharge are counted as nursing
days. Also includes absence days. An absence day is a day, but not the
day of discharge, before a night which a patient does not spend in
hospital. These days mostly fall in planned three-day (max.) absence
periods. Absence days cannot be declared at the nursing rate concerned.
Absence days following pre-operative screening may not be declared as
absence days (or nursing days) and cannot be charged at all. Nursing days
of patients in special units, such as those for intensive care, etc. are
- if admission takes place at or later than 20.00 hrs, the day of the
admission is not counted as the first nursing day.
- if the patient dies on the day of admission or discharges himself
against doctor's advice, the day is counted as a nursing day.
- an admission lasting for less than 24 hours is considered a normal
nursing day.
Until 2006, nursing days at hospital psychiatric wards (PAAZ/PUK days)
are included. From 2006 PAAZ days are excluded, and from 2008 this also
applies for PUK days.
PAAZ: psychiatric ward of a general hospital
PUK: psychiatric university clinic
Average period of hospitalisation
Number of nursing days in a given period divided by the number of
patients admitted.