Accessibility in time

The waiting time before obtaining an appointment with a specialist can be an obstacle preventing access to care in a timely manner.

This section includes a specific indicator, the waiting time before seeing a specialist (A-9), which is a self-reported indicator derived from the Sciensano National Health Interview Survey.

Another indicator on the waiting time before a first face-to-face contact in an outpatient mental health facility (MH-3) is analysed in the Mental Healthcare section.

Waiting time of more than two weeks for a visit with a specialist (A-9)

This indicator measures the proportion of appointment requests with a specialist for which the waiting time was more than two weeks. This is a ‘patient experience’ indicator which was part of the questions raised during the National Health Interview Survey conducted by Sciensano.

RESULTS
  • Within the interviewed population (2013), 38% reported that they had to wait more than 15 days to meet a specialist.
  • There were no major differences between the regions.
  • Waiting time was considered to be a problem by 10.2% of the interviewed people.

Link to technical datasheet and detailed results