|Periods||Care supply Quantitative hospital data Nursing days (x 1 000)|
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:
- expenditures on care.
Due to 'dynamic' registrations, figures for infectious diseases remain provisional.
Changes as of 14 July 2022:
- For each series the most recent available figures have been added.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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
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