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Series on Mbo health care graduates have been replaced by series on Mbo nursing and caring graduates.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

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.
Average period of hospitalisation
Number of nursing days in a given period divided by the number of patients admitted.
Wlz/AWBZ-funded long term care
Residential care funded under the Chronic Care Act (Wlz) and (before 2015) under the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ).

Persons aged 80 or older
The population aged 80 or older on 1 January of the year under review, as registered in the municipal population register (BRP).
Use of Wlz/AWBZ-funded residential care
The number of persons aged 18 years or older at the end of the year (second Friday of November) receiving residential care, funded under the Chronic Care Act (Wlz) and (before 2015) under the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ), and for which a personal contribution was paid.

Residential care includes all care received in kind in an institution, for which a personal contribution must be paid and the costs of which are borne by the Wlz/AWBZ.
Short stay in an institution is also included.



Persons under 18 years of age do not have to pay a personal contribution.



As of 2011, residential care is classified according to the type of care received, expressed in care severity packages (zzp's).

There are zzps for Nursing and Care (VV), Disability Care (GHZ) and Long-Term Mental Health Care (GGZ) sectors.

Total residential care
The total number of persons receiving residential care in nursing homes, care for the disabled or mental health care.

In some cases the type of care is not known.
This may occur in the following situations:
- in the case of an older needs assessment for AWBZ-funded care, remaining valid for the duration of the needs assessment
- in the case of short-term stay.
- in the case of Wlz/AWBZ-care paid with a personal budget (PGB).
No care package (zzp)
Care for which no care package is known may occurr in the following situations:

- older indications started under the General Act on Exceptional Medical Expenses (AWBZ). Older indications for residential care remain valid for the duration of the indication. The lack of the care package in the indication means that the care package is also lacking in data on the use of care.

- use of short-term stay under the Long-Term Care Act (Wlz)

- use of care in the form of a personal budget (PGB) for Wlz-indictibles.

- use of care in the form of a modular package at home (mpt). Persons with mpt who have a registered care package are included in 'No care package (zzp)' for the purpose of comparability of the figures. This occurs for the first time in 2017.
Nursing and care
Persons with a care package (zzp) Nursing and Care

Care for the elderly and chronically ill on the basis of a care package (zzp) in the Nursing and Care (VV) sector.
Care for the disabled
Persons with a care package (zzp) Care for the disabled

Care for persons with physical, mental or sensory disabilities based on a care severity package (zzp) in the Disability Care Sector (GHZ).
Mental health care
Persons with a care package (zzp) Mental health care

Long-term residence in a mental health institution


Care for persons with mental and/or psychiatric problems on the basis of a care severity package (zzp) in the Mental Health Care sector (GGZ), insofar as this is financed from the Wlz/AWBZ (also called long-term GGZ).
Indications for residential care
The number of persons who have an indication for residential care financed by the General Act on Exceptional Medical Expenses (AWBZ) or Long-Term Care Act (Wlz) on the reference date.

This concerns only persons who are registered in the population registry on the reference date.
The reference date is the second Friday in November.

Indication
The right to a certain type and amount of care as determined by the Centre for Healthcare Indication (Centrum Indicatiestelling Zorg (CIZ).
Total indications residential care
Total of persons for whom a basis of indication has been recorded.

Basis of indication
Reason why someone cannot perform certain activities independently and needs help to do so. A basis of indication must be present in order to be eligible for care financed by the General Act on Exceptional Medical Expenses (AWBZ) or Long-Term Care Act (Wlz). The basis of indication is determined independently by the Centre for Healthcare Indication (Centrum Indicatiestelling Zorg, CIZ).
Somatic condition
Persons with an indication for residential care based on a somatic condition

Somatic condition:

Current physical illness or condition. A condition that is characterized by stable phases and can (still) be cured or improved by medical and/or paramedical treatment in the event of aggravation has as its basis somatic disease, and not the basis physical disability.
If there are permanent limitations that are not caused by disorders of the nervous system or the musculoskeletal system (bone/muscle system, joints and connective tissue), the basis for somatic condition also applies. This is also the case in a terminal situation.