A psychiatric patient is not necessarily admitted to a hospital (PH or PDGH) in his or her region. For example, it is possible that a patient living in the Flemish Region is admitted to a hospital in the Brussels Capital Region. Hospitals that structurally attract a large number of patients from outside their area could have a greater need for hospital beds as a result.
Number of stays in PH and PDGH
per region of residence of the patient
and per region in which the hospital is located (2018)
In which region does a patient choose their hospital?
(shown by the region of the patient's place of residence)
In which region is the patient's place of residence?
(shown by the region in which the hospital is located)
Most of the patients are hospitalised in a hospital within their region. In the Brussels Capital Region, almost one quarter of the patients come from outside the region. The proportion of Flemish or Walloon patients is almost the same.
If Brussels patients are admitted outside the Brussels Capital Region, 8.8% of them go to the Walloon Region and 4.6% to the Flemish Region.
Of the patients from the Walloon Region, 3.6% are hospitalised in the Brussels Capital Region and 2% in the Flemish Region.
Fewer than 2.5% of Flemish patients are hospitalised outside the Flemish region.
More information about patient flows: www.health.belgium.be
 We can see that 1.5% of the patients who were admitted to a psychiatric unit in a PH or PDGH have no known, or no Belgian, place of residence. Each region admits an equal share of this group.