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

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

Periods Health status Sickness absence (%) Care supply Expenditures on care Costs as a percentage of the GDP (%)
2021 . .
Source: CBS.
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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 22 December 2021:
- For each series the most recent available figures have been added.

When will new figures be published?
December 2022

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.
Sickness absence
The number of days employees are absent because of illness (excluding
maternity leave) as a percentage of the total number of working or
calender days. The figures refer to all businesses and institutions,
until 2004 excluding the public sector. From 2005 also absence beyond one
year is included.
Care supply
Quantitative data on hospitals, health professionals and costs of care.
Expenditures on care
Expenditure on health and social care including child care, in current and constant prices. All activities within the area of health and social care are considered, irrespective of whether it concerns a major or minor activity of the economic units. These figures refer to a broader definition than internationally used in the System of Health Accounts, that refers to health care including long term nursing care (health).
Costs as a percentage of the GDP
Total expenditure on care expressed as a percentage of the gross domestic
product (GDP).