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.
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.