Health, lifestyle, health care use and supply, causes of death; key figures

Table description


This table provides an overview of the key figures on health and care available on StatLine. All figures are taken from other tables on StatLine, either directly or through a simple conversion. In the original tables, breakdowns by characteristics of individuals or other variables are possible.
The period after the year of review before data become available differs between the data series.
The number of exam passes/graduates in year t is the number of persons who obtained a diploma in school/study year starting in t-1 and ending in t.

Data available from: 2001

Status of the figures:
Most figures are definite.
Figures reported for the last year are provisional for:
- causes of death;
- perinatal mortality at pregnancy lasting at least 22 weeks (WHO);
- diagnoses known to the general practitioner;
- hospital admissions by some diagnoses;
- average period of hospitalisation;
- supplied drugs;
- AWBZ/Wlz-funded long term care;
- youth care;
- physicians and nurses employed in care;
- Mbo health care graduates;
- Hbo nursing graduates / medicine graduates (university);
- profitability and operating results at institutions.
Figures reported for the last two years are provisional for:
- persons employed in health and welfare.
For expenditures of care, figures for 2020 are provisional; the figures for 2018-2019 are revised provisional.

Changes as of 24 August:
More recent figures have been added for:
- crude birth rate;
- live births to teenage mothers;
- causes of death;
- life expectancy;
- life expectancy in perceived good health;
- diagnoses known to the general practitioner;
- persons employed in health and welfare;
- persons employed in healthcare;
- expenditures on care.

Changes as of 9 June 2021:
Series on Mbo health care graduates have been replaced by series on Mbo nursing and caring graduates.
New series have been added on youth care and indications for long term care.
Series on AWBZ/Wmo-funded nonresidential care have been removed.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published December 2021.

Description topics

Education and labour market
Physicians employed in care
Qualified medically trained physicians and medical specialists registered in the BIG register (the Dutch central register of specific health care professions), who are employed in the Dutch care sector; resident in the Netherlands or abroad.

Dutch care sector
Organisations with a code in the Statistics Netherlands' Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (SBI) starting with 85 (SBI 1993) or 86, 87 or 88 (SBI 2008).
Nurses employed in care
Qualified nurses registered in the BIG register (the Dutch central register of specific health care professions), who are employed in the Dutch care sector; resident in the Netherlands or abroad.


Dutch care sector
Organisations with a code in the Statistics Netherlands' Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (SBI) starting with 85 (SBI 1993) or 86, 87 or 88 (SBI 2008).
Employed in health and welfare
Persons employed in a Netherlands-based company or a private household in the Netherlands, with main activities in health care and welfare.

This sector includes:
- treatment in general and specialised hospitals;
- mental health and addiction care, possibly in combination with overnight admission;
- treatment at medical and paramedical practices;
- support activities for health care, e.g. laboratories and ambulance services;
- nursing care or assistance with housing by, e.g. nursing homes or organisations for assisted living schemes;
- welfare care, such as home care, local welfare and assistance to disabled and elderly persons;
- childcare.
Employed in health care
Persons employed in a Netherlands-based company or a private household in the Netherlands, with main activities in health care.

This sector includes:
- treatment in general and specialised hospitals;
- mental health and addiction care, possibly in combination with overnight admission;
- treatment at medical and paramedical practices;
- support activities for health care, e.g. laboratories and ambulance services;
Mbo caring graduates
Graduates of senior secondary vocational education (mbo) with a qualification to become a carer (verzorgde individuele gezondheidszorg)
Mbo nursing graduates
Graduates of senior secondary vocational education (mbo) with a qualification to become a nurse
Hbo nursing graduates
Graduates form higher professional education (hbo) with a bachelor's degree in nursing.
Medicine graduates (university)
Persons with a university masters degree in medicine.