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Table 1 Characteristics of persons aged 65 or more within the permanent sample of persons covered by the Belgian public health insurance (2004–09), sample selected for analysis and excluded cases

From: Long-term care use and socio-economic status in Belgium: a survival analysis using health care insurance data

   Men    Women   All
Age initially 65-74 75-84 85+ 65-74 75-84 85+  
Analysis sample (a)        
Preferential status initially 17.2% 24.5% 35.1% 24.2% 36.0% 46.4% 24.7%
COPD* 7.8% 11.3% 8.0% 5.7% 7.0% 7.2% 7.3%
Dementia* 2.9% 8.6% 10.5% 4.0% 10.8% 14.6% 5.7%
Diabetes* 5.9% 5.6% 2.8% 5.1% 5.0% 2.7% 5.3%
Hip fracture* 2.1% 4.4% 6.6% 3.5% 8.7% 14.3% 4.3%
Parkinson’s disease* 1.2% 3.2% 2.1% 1.2% 2.6% 2.6% 1.7%
Dead* 7.3% 25.1% 59.9% 3.6% 15.7% 43.0% 11.1%
Home care* 3.3% 15.9% 25.3% 5.9% 22.9% 35.8% 10.0%
Residential care* 1.0% 7.8% 23.9% 1.3% 13.3% 34.1% 5.1%
Partner** 71.3% 62.6% 37.9% 57.2% 26.5% 6.5% 55.6%
Partner loss* 7.6% 11.0% 14.0% 8.1% 13.0% 6.6% 9.1%
Partner gained* 2.6% 1.6% 1.8% 1.1% 0.5% 0.6% 1.5%
Single** 18.5% 24.7% 46.2% 33.5% 60.0% 86.3% 33.7%
Start year is 2004 63.8% 99.6% 99.7% 66.0% 99.5% 99.1% 75.9%
Number of observed quarters 17.2 19.5 15.6 17.9 20.5 17.6 18.2
Number of individuals 21,894 7,840 1,039 25,607 11,301 1,881 69,562
Excluded cases        
Preferential status initially 33.7% 41.6% 58.6% 44.5% 55.7% 66.8% 47.5%
COPD* 39.9% 42.7% 30.2% 28.5% 25.2% 16.4% 30.8%
Dementia* 14.0% 21.1% 21.9% 20.1% 28.7% 29.7% 22.1%
Diabetes* 43.9% 32.5% 19.1% 41.5% 32.8% 16.4% 35.0%
Hip fracture* 4.3% 7.4% 9.2% 7.2% 13.8% 13.3% 8.9%
Parkinson’s disease* 6.0% 11.2% 8.2% 6.7% 10.4% 8.1% 8.2%
Dead* 23.0% 55.0% 81.0% 14.8% 39.8% 72.2% 37.1%
Home care* 13.8% 33.9% 39.2% 22.2% 42.7% 34.3% 28.7%
Residential care* 6.9% 23.2% 49.5% 9.6% 39.2% 66.3% 25.9%
Partner** 65.0% 56.4% 29.4% 48.6% 19.2% 3.5% 40.4%
Partner loss* 6.7% 9.5% 8.4% 8.8% 9.4% 2.9% 7.8%
Partner gained* 2.6% 1.6% 2.1% 1.3% 0.7% 0.4% 1.4%
Single** 25.7% 32.4% 60.1% 41.3% 70.7% 93.2% 50.3%
Start year is 2004 67.6% 99.5% 99.8% 69.9% 99.7% 99.7% 84.8%
Number of observed quarters 16.0 15.7 11.3 17.2 17.7 13.0 16.1
Number of individuals 8,328 4,891 1,282 9,255 8,406 4,503 36,665
  1. (a) at the first observerd quarter: no administrative indication of disability or handicap, not suffering from any of the chronic conditions, not using any form of long-term care.
  2. * Ever during observation period. ** During whole observation period.