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:
- AWBZ/Wlz-funded long term care;
- supplied drugs;
- Hbo nursing graduates / medicine graduates (university);
- physicians and nurses employed in care;
- Mbo health care graduates;
- average period of hospitalisation;
- diagnoses known to the general practitioner;
- profitability and operating results at institutions;
- perinatal mortality at pregnancy lasting at least 22 weeks (WHO);
- hospital admissions by some diagnoses.
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 22 December 2021:
More recent figures have been added for:
- AWBZ/Wlz-funded long term care;
- supplied drugs;
- persons aged 80 or older;
- causes of death;
- youth care;
- perinatal mortality at pregnancy duration at least 24 weeks.
A new series was added on COVID19 as cause of death.


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Series on Mbo health care graduates have been replaced by series on Mbo nursing and caring graduates.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 in the second quarter of 2022.

Description topics

Expenditures on care
Expenditure on care
Expenditure on health and social care including child care, by type of supplier. 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).
Total expenditure by care providers
Total expenditure on all providers of health and social care.
Hospitals and medical specialists
Institutions and practices in which during day and/or night all kinds of medical specialistic curative care is offered.
Hospital: A formally recognised institution where medical specialists provide round-the-clock medical care.
Practice of medical specialist: Medical care provided by a certified medical specialist (excluding help provided in hospitals).
Providers of long-term care for elderly
Nursing homes, homecare institutions, residential care for the elderly and households.
Nursing homes: A government-recognised institution where patients who do not require hospital admittance are nursed and treated.
Homecare institutions: Institutions providing various types of assistance, e.g. home help, home nursing, maternity care. Homecare is administered to avoid admission in a hospital or nursing home.
Providers of care for the handicapped
Integrated institutions for the handicapped; Social pedagogical services; Provision of goods and services by municipalities; Interpreters for the deaf; Institutes providing guide dogs for the blind; Households.
Primary care practices
General practitioner’s (GP) practices, Practices of dentists, Paramedics and midwife practices

GP practices
Units of licensed physicians that provide general medical care to a fixed
number of registered patients.

Practices of dentists
Units that provide dental care. Dental care comprises diagnostics, preventive dental care, prosthetic and orthodontic dental care, basic dental surgery.

Paramedics and midwife practices
Physiotherapist's practices and other paramedic professionals, e.g. occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, remedial
therapists, midwives, etc.
Providers of mental health care
Providers of mental health care Psychiatric hospitals, psychiatrists and ambulatory mental health services.
Other care providers
Other providers of health and social care and administration and management institutions.

Administration and management institutions:
Health Care Insurance Board (Health Insurance Fund up to 2006; Health Insurance Act since 2006; Exceptional Medical Expenses Act); Private health and social care insurance companies; Ministry of Health; local government.
Per capita care expenditure
Total care expenditure calculated per capita.
Expenditure as percentage of the GDP
Total expenditure on care expressed as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP).