Medical contacts, hospitalisation, medicines; characteristics, 2010-2013

Medical contacts, hospitalisation, medicines; characteristics, 2010-2013

Characteristics Type of figure Periods Contact with GP Contact in the last 12 months % persons with at least 1 contact (%) Contact with medical specialist Contact in the last 12 months % persons with at least 1 contact (%) Contact with dentist Contact in the last 12 months % persons with at least 1 contact (%) Contact with physiotherapist % persons with at least 1 contact (%) Hospital admission in the last 12 months Admission with overnight stay(s) % persons with overnight stay(s) (%) Hospital admission in the last 12 months Day admission % persons with day admission(s) (%) Use of medicines/food supplements % prescribed medicines in 2 weeks (%) Use of medicines/food supplements % non-prescribed medicines in 2 weeks (%)
Total Percentages/ numbers 2013 71.5 37.8 78.7 22.0 6.8 7.2 37.0 33.4
Sex: men Percentages/ numbers 2013 66.6 34.3 76.9 18.8 6.6 7.1 33.5 28.0
Sex: women Percentages/ numbers 2013 76.4 41.2 80.4 25.2 7.0 7.4 40.4 38.7
Age: 0 to 4 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 75.9 31.2 33.3 8.6 8.4 6.2 14.7 38.1
Age: 4 to 12 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 59.6 27.9 95.6 6.6 1.5 4.8 14.8 26.5
Age: 12 to 16 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 57.5 21.2 94.4 14.3 2.0 2.9 14.6 28.5
Age: 16 to 20 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 69.6 29.0 91.9 19.9 3.8 6.0 20.1 33.9
Age: 20 to 30 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 70.2 28.3 79.7 18.9 3.9 5.3 22.7 37.6
Age: 30 to 40 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 72.0 34.5 83.2 22.5 5.0 7.0 26.2 37.2
Age: 40 to 50 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 69.4 32.6 88.5 25.4 5.0 7.5 33.0 34.2
Age: 50 to 55 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 72.1 38.3 83.2 29.0 6.8 7.4 42.5 35.3
Age: 55 to 65 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 75.8 47.6 77.6 26.7 9.2 9.6 54.7 32.1
Age: 65 to 75 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 79.2 56.8 65.9 28.6 13.4 10.3 67.6 29.3
Age: 75 years or older Percentages/ numbers 2013 83.5 62.1 47.1 29.7 17.3 9.5 81.2 32.7
Single; < 40 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 67.4 26.8 76.3 19.0 3.1 6.1 23.5 40.8
Single; 40 to 65 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 74.9 39.3 76.9 24.8 8.2 7.4 50.7 37.3
Single; >= 65 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 82.1 58.7 50.9 31.8 16.6 10.0 77.2 37.4
Child < 18 yrs in single parent househ Percentages/ numbers 2013 66.9 28.2 87.5 9.5 2.3 5.7 15.4 28.8
Child >= 18 yrs in single parent househ Percentages/ numbers 2013 65.1 29.7 76.5 17.0 4.4 6.4 25.5 35.6
Child < 18 yrs in two parent household Percentages/ numbers 2013 62.7 26.5 81.4 10.1 3.5 4.7 15.2 30.3
Child >= 18 yrs in two parent household Percentages/ numbers 2013 71.4 31.4 89.0 20.2 3.5 5.4 20.5 34.9
Parent in one-parent family Percentages/ numbers 2013 78.0 38.0 76.6 26.1 6.6 9.1 44.7 35.3
Partner in couple with child(ren) Percentages/ numbers 2013 70.9 35.3 86.8 24.6 5.8 7.5 32.3 33.8
Partner in couple no child; < 40 yrs Percentages/ numbers 2013 71.1 31.0 80.9 24.8 3.3 6.1 24.8 37.8
Partner in couple no child; 40 to 65 yrs Percentages/ numbers 2013 73.9 46.2 80.4 27.6 8.5 9.3 49.7 33.1
Partner in couple no child; >= 65 yrs Percentages/ numbers 2013 81.1 59.2 63.4 28.1 14.3 9.9 70.8 27.3
Education level: primary Percentages/ numbers 2013 79.5 49.6 57.4 27.0 13.4 10.0 61.7 27.1
Education level: vmbo, mbo1, avo Percentages/ numbers 2013 77.4 46.5 67.7 26.6 11.7 9.6 57.5 29.9
Education level: havo, vwo, mbo Percentages/ numbers 2013 73.4 40.0 79.9 25.2 7.3 8.1 43.1 35.1
Education level: hbo Percentages/ numbers 2013 72.9 39.8 85.2 26.4 5.7 8.0 37.8 37.3
Education level: university Percentages/ numbers 2013 69.5 38.8 86.7 24.1 4.8 5.9 33.5 39.1
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table provides data on contacts of the Dutch population with providers of medical care, including data on hospitalisation and the use of medicines. It covers the following aspects:

- contacts with GP
- contacts with medical specialists
- contacts with dentist
- contacts with physiotherapist/remedial therapist
- contacts with alternative healers
- hospitalisations, with and without overnight stay
- use of medicines, prescribed and non-prescribed
- satisfaction with GP, specialist, dentist, physiotherapist, hospital

The data are based on the Health Interview Survey conducted by Statistics Netherlands. They can be broken down by a number of personal characteristics. The Health Interview Survey is a continuous survey. Its population consists of Dutch residents of all ages in private households.

Data available from 2010 inclusively 2013

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are final.

Changes as of 24 July 2015:
The table is stopped.

When will new figures be published?
Not applicable.

The questions about contacts with medical specialists were changed in 2011; therefore data for 2010 are not available.

Description topics

Contact with GP
Contacts with the GP include:
- consultations at the GP's practice
- visits by the GP to the patient's home
- consultations by telephone
- or other contacts
Contacts with a locum GP or with the night/weekend surgery are also included. Contacts with the GP's medical assistant and nurse are not included.
Contact in the last 12 months
Contacts in the 12 months preceding the interview.
% persons with at least 1 contact
Percentage of persons in the population who contacted their GP at least once in the 12 months preceding the interview.
Contact with medical specialist
Contact with medical specialists in the Netherlands, in:
- out-patient department
- hospital department
- emergency department
- practice outside the hospital
- private clinic
Contacts during hospital or day admissions are not included. Contacts with psychiatrists are also not included.
Contact in the last 12 months
Contacts in the 12 months preceding the interview.
% persons with at least 1 contact
Percentage of persons in the population who contacted a medical specialist at least once in the 12 months preceding the interview.
Contact with dentist
Visits to a dentist in the Netherlands. Contacts with a dental hygienist, orthodontist and oral/dental surgeon are not included.
Contact in the last 12 months
Contacts in the 12 months preceding the interview.
% persons with at least 1 contact
Percentage of persons in the population who contacted a dentist at least once in the 12 months preceding the interview.
Contact with physiotherapist
Contact with physiotherapist or remedial therapist. Contacts during hospitalisation (including day-admissions) are not included.
% persons with at least 1 contact
Percentage of persons in the population who contacted a physiotherapist or remedial therapist at least once in the 12 months preceding the interview.
Hospital admission in the last 12 months
Hospital admissions in the Netherlands are subdivided into:
- day admissions (without overnight stay)
- admission with at least one overnight stay
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Admissions related to childbirth and admissions to psychiatric hospitals are excluded. As a result, figures presented here may deviate from figures based on registered hospital admissions. In addition, the health interview survey does not cover people in institutional households, which may also result in discrepancies with register-based figures.
Admission with overnight stay(s)
Admission to a hospital or clinic for at least one night.
% persons with overnight stay(s)
Percentage of persons in the population who had been admitted to hospital for at least one night at least once in the 12 months preceding the interview.

Day admission
Day admissions are hospital admissions without overnight stay, e.g. for planned minor surgery, exploratory/keyhole surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
% persons with day admission(s)
Percentage of persons in the population with at least one day admission in the 12 months preceding the interview.
Use of medicines/food supplements
Use of medicines and food supplements such as vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies.

% prescribed medicines in 2 weeks
Percentage of persons who took medicine(s) or food supplements prescribed by a doctor in the fortnight preceding the interview. Does not include contraceptive pill and medication during hospitalisation.
% non-prescribed medicines in 2 weeks
Percentage of persons who took non-prescribed medicine(s) in the fortnight preceding the interview.