Hospital stays²

Infograph EN B1

There are various types of hospital stays or hospital contacts. During a day hospitalisation, the patient comes to the hospital without spending the night there, unlike classic hospitalisation where the patient stays at least one night in the hospital and/or where a daily cost is charged. A stay via the emergency department may mean a contact without hospitalisation (hereinafter referred to as an "ambulatory contact with emergency department") as well as a contact followed by a hospitalisation (day or classic). In some cases, a patient stays several times during a year to have specific diseases treated (for example, for cancer chemotherapy) or due to various causes.

[2]Source of figures ‘Minimum Hospital Data (MZG in Dutch)’. The following types of stays were not included: non-terminated staysSource of figures ‘Minimum Hospital Data (MZG in Dutch)’. The following types of stays were not included: non-terminated stays(except the first period of a lengthy hospital stay , full psychiatric stays, stays of newborns which were not invoiced, stays for whichthe gender of the patient cannot be determined, stays in day hospitalisation for which a mini-fee or no fixed sum was charged.