Postponement or cancellation of health care for financial reasons

In 2017, 2.0% of the population aged 16 or over in Belgium, reported unmet needs for medical care due to financial reasons in the last twelve months. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must decrease.

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Postponement or cancellation of health care for financial reasons - Belgium and international comparison

in the last twelve months

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 20112012201320142015201620172017//2011
Belgium1.41.71.82.22.22.22.06.1
EU272.32.22.42.42.01.6----
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), Self-reported unmet needs for medical examination by sex, age, detailed reason and income quintile [hlth_silc_08], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 02/10/2018).

Postponement or cancellation of health care for financial reasons, by income - Belgium

in the last twelve months

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 20112012201320142015201620172017//2011
quintile 14.14.85.37.67.07.76.78.5
quintile 21.92.32.02.12.92.42.00.9
quintile 30.80.81.61.20.80.91.03.8
quintile 40.30.50.20.50.40.20.30.0
quintile 50.10.10.10.00.10.00.0--
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), Self-reported unmet needs for medical examination by sex, age, detailed reason and income quintile [hlth_silc_08], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 02/10/2018).

Definition: the share of the population aged 16 or over that reports unmet needs for medical care due to financial reasons in the last twelve months. The data are based on the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions survey (EU-SILC) of the European Union. Statbel organises this EU-harmonised survey in Belgium and makes the results available, in particular to Eurostat. The data used here come from Eurostat, which publishes detailed and comparable results between EU Member States. Since these data are based on surveys, a margin of uncertainty must be taken into account. The confidence intervals for these data are available on request from Statbel.

Goal: Postponement or cancellation of health care must decrease.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 1.4: “By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance”.

The Federal Long-Term Strategic Vision for Sustainable Development includes objective 5: “quality health care will be accessible to all and in particular to vulnerable groups (people with disabilities, vulnerable populations, women of childbearing age and pregnant women and children etc.)” (Belgian Official Gazette, 08/10/2013).

International comparison: in the EU27 this share decreased from 2.3% to 1.6% between 2011 and 2016. Belgium's evolution is therefore less favourable than that of the EU27. When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with the poorest performance in 2016.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for the SDGs but is related to UN target 1.4., since it measures access to health services for people living in poverty.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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