Foreword

Dear reader,

You are holding in your hands the fourth edition of the ‘Key Data’. This time around it is a special edition on a theme that has touched everyone in recent months: COVID-19. The virus that caused a pandemic and led to serious disruption to our daily lives.

For months on end, healthcare providers from different sectors unfailingly gave their all in order to provide the public with the best possible care. At the policy level, various structures and bodies were set up to manage the pandemic in our country. Many individuals in the various authorities have been working every day to monitor the evolution of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, taking into account scientific evidence and formulating appropriate measures.

In this publication, we decided to focus on the remits in which the Directorate-General for Healthcare of the Federal Public Service for Health, Safety of the Food Chain and the Environment was actively involved during the pandemic. We provide an overview of the actions and initiatives in terms of organisation, financing and quality to which our service has contributed. These actions were all taken in close cooperation with other services within our FPS and our partner organisations such as the NIHDI and the FAMHP. This publication covers the period from the start of the pandemic in March 2020 up to and including June 2021.

The aim of the ‘Key Data’ is to provide an overview of the large amounts of data and information available within our services. By sharing our knowledge with you, our aim is to lay the groundwork for further analysis and interpretation. For example, this publication presents several findings on the impact of the pandemic on emergency assistance and data on the reduction of non-essential care that may provide a starting point for future policy-making.

Earlier publications on the operation of ‘General hospitals’, ‘Mental health care’ and ‘Emergency, medical and psychosocial assistance’ have already emerged. We plan to publish an updated edition on each topic in the coming years. In this way, we will be able to highlight the trends and evolutions.

In any case, I hope you enjoy reading this edition.

Annick Poncé,
Director General ad interim, DG Healthcare