Self-perceived health

In 2017, 91,4% of the population aged 16 and over in Belgium declare themselves being in a very good, good or average health. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must increase.

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Self-perceived health: very good, good or fair - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 2005201020122015201620172017//20052017//2012
Belgium91.791.091.290.590.891.40.00.0
EU28--90.690.090.391.2------
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium (2018), direct communication (19/06/2018) and Eurostat (2018), Self-perceived health [hlth_silc_10], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 14/09/2018).

Self-perceived health: very good, good or fair, by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 2005201020122015201620172017//20052017//2012
females90.389.890.188.789.389.80.0-0.1
males93.292.292.392.492.493.10.00.2
//: Average Growth Rates

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

Self-perceived health: very good, good or fair, by age - Belgium

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 2005201020122015201620172017//20052017//2012
<2598.398.998.498.598.698.60.00.0
25-4995.294.694.994.294.294.5-0.1-0.1
50-6488.688.188.187.888.289.00.00.2
>6483.081.682.481.482.984.60.20.5
//: Average Growth Rates

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

Self-perceived health: very good, good or fair, by income - Belgium

percentage of population aged 16 years and over

 2005201020122015201620172017//20052017//2012
quintile 184.382.984.080.481.983.1-0.1-0.2
quintile 287.985.785.385.785.587.3-0.10.4
quintile 393.392.693.592.492.692.2-0.1-0.3
quintile 495.796.295.496.596.496.00.00.1
quintile 597.297.197.497.497.698.30.10.2
//: Average Growth Rates

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

Definition : the share of the population aged 16 and over that reports being in very good, good or average health. The data are from the European Union survey Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). The survey participants are asked to choose one of five conditions to describe their (self-perceived) health status: very good, good, average, bad and very bad health. 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 aged 16 and over that reports being in very good, good or average health must increase.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” Changes in the share of population reporting good health measure progress towards goal 3.

International comparison: between 2010 and 2016 the indicator has experienced close developments in Belgium and in the European Union. Until 2015 the indicator was higher in Belgium than in the EU28. In 2016, things have changed: 91.2% of the European population say they are in very good, good or average health, compared to 90.8% in Belgium. When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with average performance and is below the European average in 2016.

UN Indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for the SDGs but is related to goal 3 since perceived health is a measure of the overall health of the population and its level of well-being.

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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