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

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

Characteristics Type of figure Periods Contact with medical specialist Initiative to contact specialist Request or initiative of patient (%)
Total Percentages/ numbers 2010 24.7
Total Percentages/ numbers 2011 23.9
Total Percentages/ numbers 2012 28.7
Total Percentages/ numbers 2013 26.2
Total Standard errors 2010 1.6
Total Standard errors 2011 1.6
Total Standard errors 2012 1.7
Total Standard errors 2013 1.8
Sex: men Percentages/ numbers 2010 24.6
Sex: men Percentages/ numbers 2011 23.1
Sex: men Percentages/ numbers 2012 30.1
Sex: men Percentages/ numbers 2013 24.0
Sex: men Standard errors 2010 2.3
Sex: men Standard errors 2011 2.3
Sex: men Standard errors 2012 2.7
Sex: men Standard errors 2013 2.6
Sex: women Percentages/ numbers 2010 24.7
Sex: women Percentages/ numbers 2011 24.6
Sex: women Percentages/ numbers 2012 27.6
Sex: women Percentages/ numbers 2013 27.9
Sex: women Standard errors 2010 2.1
Sex: women Standard errors 2011 2.1
Sex: women Standard errors 2012 2.3
Sex: women Standard errors 2013 2.4
Age: 0 to 4 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 .
Age: 0 to 4 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 .
Age: 0 to 4 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 .
Age: 0 to 4 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 .
Age: 0 to 4 years Standard errors 2010
Age: 0 to 4 years Standard errors 2011
Age: 0 to 4 years Standard errors 2012
Age: 0 to 4 years Standard errors 2013 .
Age: 4 to 12 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 .
Age: 4 to 12 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 .
Age: 4 to 12 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 .
Age: 4 to 12 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 .
Age: 4 to 12 years Standard errors 2010
Age: 4 to 12 years Standard errors 2011
Age: 4 to 12 years Standard errors 2012
Age: 4 to 12 years Standard errors 2013 .
Age: 12 to 16 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 .
Age: 12 to 16 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 .
Age: 12 to 16 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 .
Age: 12 to 16 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 .
Age: 12 to 16 years Standard errors 2010
Age: 12 to 16 years Standard errors 2011
Age: 12 to 16 years Standard errors 2012
Age: 12 to 16 years Standard errors 2013 .
Age: 16 to 20 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 .
Age: 16 to 20 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 .
Age: 16 to 20 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 .
Age: 16 to 20 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 .
Age: 16 to 20 years Standard errors 2010
Age: 16 to 20 years Standard errors 2011
Age: 16 to 20 years Standard errors 2012
Age: 16 to 20 years Standard errors 2013 .
Age: 20 to 30 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 44.8
Age: 20 to 30 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 26.8
Age: 20 to 30 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 46.3
Age: 20 to 30 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 38.8
Age: 20 to 30 years Standard errors 2010 5.7
Age: 20 to 30 years Standard errors 2011 5.1
Age: 20 to 30 years Standard errors 2012 5.5
Age: 20 to 30 years Standard errors 2013 5.5
Age: 30 to 40 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 26.2
Age: 30 to 40 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 31.3
Age: 30 to 40 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 23.4
Age: 30 to 40 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 35.1
Age: 30 to 40 years Standard errors 2010 4.4
Age: 30 to 40 years Standard errors 2011 5.1
Age: 30 to 40 years Standard errors 2012 4.8
Age: 30 to 40 years Standard errors 2013 5.4
Age: 40 to 50 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 19.0
Age: 40 to 50 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 16.9
Age: 40 to 50 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 29.9
Age: 40 to 50 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 23.5
Age: 40 to 50 years Standard errors 2010 3.8
Age: 40 to 50 years Standard errors 2011 3.5
Age: 40 to 50 years Standard errors 2012 4.3
Age: 40 to 50 years Standard errors 2013 4.4
Age: 50 to 55 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 23.3
Age: 50 to 55 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 14.0
Age: 50 to 55 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 31.7
Age: 50 to 55 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 20.8
Age: 50 to 55 years Standard errors 2010 6.0
Age: 50 to 55 years Standard errors 2011 4.6
Age: 50 to 55 years Standard errors 2012 6.1
Age: 50 to 55 years Standard errors 2013 5.1
Age: 55 to 65 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 23.5
Age: 55 to 65 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 24.0
Age: 55 to 65 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 20.8
Age: 55 to 65 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 18.0
Age: 55 to 65 years Standard errors 2010 3.9
Age: 55 to 65 years Standard errors 2011 3.7
Age: 55 to 65 years Standard errors 2012 4.1
Age: 55 to 65 years Standard errors 2013 3.6
Age: 65 to 75 years Percentages/ numbers 2010 14.2
Age: 65 to 75 years Percentages/ numbers 2011 24.0
Age: 65 to 75 years Percentages/ numbers 2012 29.0
Age: 65 to 75 years Percentages/ numbers 2013 21.5
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Dataset is not available.


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 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.
Initiative to contact specialist
Initiative to contact a medical specialist:
- request or initiative of patient
- referred on initiative of GP
- called by specialist
- other
Request or initiative of patient