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Series on Mbo health care graduates have been replaced by series on Mbo nursing and caring graduates.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

Care supply
Quantitative data on care providers: distance to care provider, institutions with small profitability, share of overhead in institutions.
Operating result per fte
Total operating result divided by total number of full-time equivalents (fte) of employees.
The full-time equivalents is a measure of labour volume, calculated by converting all full-time and part-time jobs to full-time jobs.
An employee is a person carrying out work in return for remuneration.
Hospitals
The total of health care institutions in SBI classes:
- 86101 University medical centres
- 86102 General hospitals
- 86103 Specialised hospitals

86101 University medical centres
Teaching hospitals and university medical centres. Hospitals where all forms of specialist medical treatment are provided during day and night time, linked to a university and approved by the Act on university education'.

86102 General hospitals
Hospitals where all forms of specialist medical treatment are provided during day and night time.

86103 Specialised hospitals
Rehabilitation centres where patients stay overnight stay and other specialised hospitals. Specialised hospitals are divided into two categories, namely: rehabilitation centres and other specialised hospitals.
A rehabilitation centre is an institution where patients can recover from an impairment or limitation of the musculoskeletal system, or learn how to cope with a disability.
A specialised hospital is an institution that provides medical and nursing care for a specific illness, disease or disorder group or to persons in a certain age group; e.g. asthma clinics, epilepsy clinics, cancer clinics, eye hospitals, orthopaedic institutions and sanatoriums.


Up to and including 2014, only health care institutions were included which were funded under the Health Insurance (Zvw) or General Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ).
86104 Mental health hospitals
Mental health and substance abuse hospitals

SBI class 86104 includes:
- Specialist medical centres for treatment and care with the possibility of full-time residential care, specifically focused on psychological syndromes, e.g. general psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric clinics for children and adolescents;
- Clinics for treatment and care of drug addicts with the possibility of full-time residential care (addiction clinics);
- Treatment of people who have committed or who threaten to commit an offence and for psychiatric disorders, e.g. forensic-psychiatric hospitals, institutions for TBS (i.e. convicted persons placed under a hospital order) with the possibility of full-time residential care;
- Institutions for care and supervision in a protected environment (full-time residential care) of psychiatric patients with psychosocial problems and reduced ability to cope, such as regional institutions for sheltered housing.


Up to and including 2014, also SBI class 86222 was included, containing practices of psychiatrists and day-care centers for social health.
Up to and including 2014, only health care institutions were included which were funded under the Health Insurance (Zvw) or General Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ).
8720+87301 Care for the disabled
Institutions providing care for disabled persons, in SBI classes 8720 and 87301.

SBI class 8720 includes:
- Care and counselling in a protected environment (full-time residence) of patients with mental retardation and severe mental retardation;
- Provision of training, development and employment activities as daytime activities for mentally disabled and elderly people with dementia;
- Care farms (farmyard occupational therapy for people with disabilities).

SBI class 87301 includes:
- Care and counselling in a protected environment of patients with a physical or sensory disability;
- Provision of training, development and employment activities as daytime activities for people with a physical or sensory disability.

Up to and including 2014, only health care institutions were included which were funded under the Health Insurance (Zvw) or General Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ).
Nursing homes and home care
Institutions providing care for the elderly and home care, consisting of SBI classes 8710, 87302 and 88101.

SBI class 8710 includes:
- Intensive care, nursing care and treatment in a protected environment (full-time residence) of patients who require continuous assistance because of chronic physical and mental problems and reduced ability to cope with activities of daily living
- Housing facilities for terminally ill patients with private nurses, also referred to as high-care hospices.

SBI class 87302 includes:
- Care and counselling in a protected environment (full-time residence) of older people with physical and mental problems and reduced self-sufficiency;
- Residential care centres: independent housing facilities for the elderly which focus on sheltered housing with care and service arrangements that are contractually separated;
- Housing facilities for terminally ill patients without their own nursing staff, also called ‘almost-home houses’.

SBI class 88101 includes:
- Nursing, personal and home care at home for chronically ill, elderly and disabled persons and people who temporarily require this kind of care.
- Assistance during childbirth, home and personal care for mother and child and provision of information about child care during the postpartum period.

Up to and including 2014, only health care institutions were included which were funded under the Health Insurance (Zvw) or General Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ).