Long-standing illness or health problem

In 2017, 25% of the population aged 16 and over in Belgium declare themselves as having a long-standing illness or health problem. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must decrease.

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Long-standing illness or health problem - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 2005201020122015201620172017//20052017//2012
Belgium25.125.624.724.525.525.00.00.2
EU28--31.331.434.133.0------
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium (2018), direct communication (19/06/2018) and Eurostat (2018), People having a long-standing illness or health problem [hlth_silc_04], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 14/09/2018).

Long-standing illness or health problem by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 2005201020122015201620172017//20052017//2012
females27.328.026.026.527.326.9-0.10.7
males22.723.123.422.523.623.00.1-0.4
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium (2018), direct communication (19/06/2018).

Long-standing illness or health problem by age - Belgium

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 2005201020122015201620172017//20052017//2012
<259.59.610.29.18.610.50.80.6
25-4917.417.917.717.517.417.70.10.0
50-6431.432.230.931.732.230.9-0.10.0
>6446.144.841.339.642.439.2-1.3-1.0
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium (2018), direct communication (19/06/2018).

Long-standing illness or health problem by income - Belgium

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 2005201020122015201620172017//20052017//2012
quintile 134.935.134.035.336.134.6-0.10.4
quintile 231.735.532.532.334.532.70.30.1
quintile 324.324.322.723.724.324.80.21.8
quintile 418.817.719.416.917.618.6-0.1-0.8
quintile 516.216.015.314.814.714.2-1.1-1.5
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium (2018), direct communication (19/06/2018).

Definition: the share of the population aged 16 and over that reports having a long-standing illness or health problem. The data come from the European Union's Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey. In this survey, participants are asked to indicate whether they have a long-standing health problem or illness. Statbel organises this EU-harmonised survey in Belgium and makes the results available, in particular to Eurostat. The data used here for Belgium come directly from Statbel and the data used for comparison with the rest of the EU come from Eurostat. 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: the share of the population suffering from a long-standing health problem or illness must decrease.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 3.4: “By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being”. The change in the share of people suffering from long-standing diseases provides in particular information on non-communicable diseases and well-being.

International comparison: between 2010 and 2016, the share of people suffering from a long-standing illness or health problem is higher in the European Union (EU28) than in Belgium. In 2016, the difference reached 7.5 percentage points, which is slightly more than in 2010. When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group that performs best in 2016.

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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