Health and health care; personal characteristics

Health and health care; personal characteristics

Characteristics persons Margins Periods Self-perceived health: good or very good (%) Medical contacts Contact with GP % persons with at least 1 contact (%) Medical contacts Contact with medical specialist % persons with at least 1 contact (%) Medical contacts Contact physio- and exercise therapist % persons with at least 1 contact (%)
Total Value 2019 78.7 68.7 39.9 26.5
Sex: Male Value 2019 81.2 64.1 37.3 22.5
Sex: Female Value 2019 76.3 73.3 42.6 30.4
Age: 0 to 11 years Value 2019 95.9 63.6 29.8 9.4
Age: 12 to 17 years Value 2019 90.1 56.3 26.6 16.4
Age: 18 years or older Value 2019 75.0 70.6 42.7 30.1
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains data on the perceived state of health and on contacts with providers of medical care of the Dutch population in private households. These data can be grouped by several personal characteristics.

Data available from: 2014

Status of the data: final.

Changes as of 4 March 2020:
Figures over 2019 have been added.
Two new variables about pain and one variable about oral health have been added.
When will new data be published?
Data on reporting year 2019 will be published in the second quarter of 2020.

Description topics

Self-perceived health: good or very good
Percentage of persons who answered ꞌgoodꞌ or ꞌvery goodꞌ to the question: ꞌHow do you assess your general state of health?ꞌ / ꞌHow does your child assess his, her general state of health?ꞌ. Parents or caretakers answer this question on behalf of children under the age of 12 years.

Medical contacts
Persons are asked if they had contact with their GP, specialist, dentist, dental hygienist, orthodontist, physiotherapist, exercise therapist, psychologist, psychotherapist or psychiatrist, and if he or she is treated by alternative healer. Also, if there were hospital admissions or day care admissions, if people have home care and if they had care abroad. Most questions after medical contacts are asked to persons of all ages. Contacts that do not often occur in the case of children are posed from an older age.
Contact with GP
Contacts with the GP are visits to the GP’s practice, home visits and telephonic consults. Contacts with a substitute GP or his/her practice are taken into account here. Contacts with the medical assistant and the nurse are not included. Questions are being asked after the 12 months preceding the interview. The questions are posed to respondents of all ages.
% persons with at least 1 contact
Percentage of persons in the population who contacted a GP at least once in the 12 months preceding the interview.
Contact with medical specialist
Contacts with the medical specialist can take place in the outpatient department, in a hospital department, in the emergency department, in a practice outside the hospital or in a private clinic. Contacts with medical specialists during a hospital or day care admission are not taken into account.
% persons with at least 1 contact
Percentage of persons in the population who contacted a GP at least once in the 12 months preceding the interview.
Contact physio- and exercise therapist
Figures on physiotherapy and exercise therapy. Physiotherapy and exercise therapy during hospital and day care admission are not taken into account.
% persons with at least 1 contact
Percentage of persons in the population who contacted a physio- and exercise therapist at least once in the 12 months preceding the interview.