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;
- diagnoses known to the general practitioner;
- hospital admissions by some diagnoses;
- average period of hospitalisation;
- supplied drugs;
- physicians and nurses employed in care;
- Mbo health care graduates;
- Hbo nursing graduates / medicine graduates (university);
- profitability and operating results at institutions;
- perinatal mortality at pregnancy lasting at least 22 weeks (WHO);
- AWBZ/Wlz-funded long term care.
Figures reported for the last two years are provisional for:
- persons employed in health and welfare;
- persons employed in healthcare.
For expenditures of care, figures for 2021 are provisional; the figures for 2019 and 2020 are revised provisional.

Changes as of 14 July 2022:
More recent figures have been added for:
- crude birth rate;
- causes of death;
- life expectancy;
- self-perceived health;
- diagnoses known to the general practitioner;
- hospital admissions by some diagnoses;
- sickness absence;
- average period of hospitalisation;
- supplied drugs;
- contacts with health professionals;
- youth care;
- smoking, heavy drinkers, physical activity;
- overweight;
- high blood pressure;
- physicians and nurses employed in care;
- persons employed in health and welfare;
- persons employed in healthcare;
- Mbo health care graduates;
- Hbo nursing graduates / medicine graduates (university);
- expenditures on care;
- average distance to facilities;
- profitability and operating results at institutions;
A new series was added for hospital discharges of COVID19.

Changes as of 22 December 2021:
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Series on Mbo health care graduates have been replaced by series on Mbo nursing and caring graduates.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 December 2022.

Description topics

Use of health care services
Average period of hospitalisation, supplied drugs, number of contacts with health care providers, AWBZ/Wlz- funded long term care, including persons older than 80 in the population, youth care.
Youth care
Persons up to the age of 18 who have made use of youth assistance, youth protection or juvenile rehabilitation at any time during the reporting period. In exceptional cases, the help or care is continued until the age of 23.
Youth protection (0 to 18 year)
Youth protection is a measure that the court imposes on. The purpose of the child protection measures is to eliminate the threat to the safety and development of the child. A child or young person is then 'placed under supervision' or 'placed under guardianship'.
Juvenile rehabilitation (12 to 23 year)
Juvenile rehabilitation is a combination of counseling and monitoring for young people from the age of 12 who have been in contact with the police or attendance officer before their 18th birthday and who have received an official report. If the personality of the offender or the circumstances under which the offense or crime was committed give cause to do so, for example in young adults with an intellectual disability, juvenile criminal law can also be applied to young adults between the ages of 18 and 22. The young person receives tailor-made guidance from a juvenile probation officer to prevent him or her from making a mistake again. Juvenile rehabilitation can be imposed by the juvenile judge or the public prosecutor. Juvenile rehabilitation can also be started in the voluntary framework on the initiative of the Child Care and Protection Board.