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Belgian Health Stats

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The land of chocolate, beer, waffles and French fries (which we all know were originally Belgian), and other culinary delicacies, Belgium surprises the casual observer by having a population that is both slim and among the healthiest in Europe: Belgium is in the bottom five when ranked both by cardiovascular mortality and diabetes prevalence. Belgian excellent health care system is definitely to thank for - not only are Belgian physicians among the best in the world when assessed for their competency and accuracy; healthcare spending, quality of organization and 3.9 physicians per 1.000 people (a number surpassed only by Italy and Lithuania in European Union) also ensure short waiting times for everyone, including those without insurance and/or ability to pay. A phenomenon becoming more and more apparent is also medical tourism: since all citizens of European Union can seek health care in any member country, Belgian quality health care is often the deciding factor for patients from abroad. It would seem that Belgium isn’t only a conglomerate of different cultures and languages - Dutch-speaking Flemish, French-speaking Wallonese and a German minority, which are all in addition heavily influenced by United Kingdom just across the Channel - it is also a blend of healthcare systems, cherry-picking the best qualities from her neighboring countries. Maybe Belgian excellent organizational and diplomatic skills are to thank for - the seat of European Union is not located in Brussels for nothing - or maybe we’ve all been fooled and longevity can be achieved by eating chocolate.

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STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth 29.4 2007 9th out of 30
Births and maternity > Future births 131.38 2100 91st out of 196
Births and maternity > Total fertility rate 1.96% 2100 41st out of 196
Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people 6.9 per 1,000 people 2002 11th out of 53
Human height > Average female height 1.681 m (5 ft 6 in) 2001
Human height > Average male height 1.786 m (5 ft 10 ⁄ 2 in) 2001
Life expectancy > Men 77 years 2013 25th out of 99
Life expectancy at birth, female > Years 83.2 2011 24th out of 196
Life expectancy at birth, male > Years 77.9 2011 26th out of 196
Life expectancy at birth, total > Years 80.49 2011 27th out of 196
Physicians > Per 1,000 people 3.9 per 1,000 people 2002 5th out of 56
Probability of not reaching 60 10.5% 2050 33th out of 48
Probability of reaching 65 > Male 80.7% 2050 17th out of 159
Quality of health care system > Cost 67.86 2014 11th out of 23
Quality of health care system > Health care system index 78.04 2014 3rd out of 23

SOURCES: United Nations Population Division. Source tables; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; World Development Indicators database; Wikipedia: Human height (Average height around the world); British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth from sources such as: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; calculated on the basis of survival data from UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; health care

Citation

"Belgium Health Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Belgium/Health

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The land of chocolate, beer, waffles and French fries (which we all know were originally Belgian), and other culinary delicacies, Belgium surprises the casual observer by having a population that is both slim and among the healthiest in Europe: Belgium is in the bottom five when ranked both by cardiovascular mortality and diabetes prevalence. Belgian excellent health care system is definitely to thank for - not only are Belgian physicians among the best in the world when assessed for their competency and accuracy; healthcare spending, quality of organization and 3.9 physicians per 1.000 people (a number surpassed only by Italy and Lithuania in European Union) also ensure short waiting times for everyone, including those without insurance and/or ability to pay. A phenomenon becoming more and more apparent is also medical tourism: since all citizens of European Union can seek health care in any member country, Belgian quality health care is often the deciding factor for patients from abroad. It would seem that Belgium isn’t only a conglomerate of different cultures and languages - Dutch-speaking Flemish, French-speaking Wallonese and a German minority, which are all in addition heavily influenced by United Kingdom just across the Channel - it is also a blend of healthcare systems, cherry-picking the best qualities from her neighboring countries. Maybe Belgian excellent organizational and diplomatic skills are to thank for - the seat of European Union is not located in Brussels for nothing - or maybe we’ve all been fooled and longevity can be achieved by eating chocolate.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014

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