Ad-hoc modules are carried out as part of SILC each year to complement the variables permanently collected in the survey. The topic for the 2017 ad-hoc module was 'Health and Children's Health' and although the plan is to publish more detailed analysis of the module next year, some high-level results from it are being published with today's core SILC results.
Summary of Main Findings
|Healthcare Coverage Type||With Private Health Insurance Cover||With Medical / GP Card Coverage|
Private Health Insurance coverage decreased from 48.5% in 2004 to 39.7% in 2013 and increased again to 43.3% in 2017. This contrasts with medical/GP visit card coverage over the same period which increased from 30.5% in 2004 to 45.4% in 2012 and which stood at 45.1% in 2017.
|Type of Financial Burden||State||Households Without Children||Households With Children|
|Cost of Medicines||34.88||35.55||33.77|
In 2017, 32.3% of households where at least one person had a medical examination or treatment in the last 12 months reported that the associated costs were a financial burden. The corresponding rates of households reporting that the associated costs were a financial burden were 27.4% for dental examinations or treatments in the last 12 months and 34.9% for medicines in the last 12 months. For households without children, the rates were 30.5% for medical examinations or treatment, 23.8% for dental examinations or treatment and 35.6% for medicines. This contrasts with households with children where the corresponding rates were 35.3% for medical examinations or treatment, 32.5% for dental examinations or treatment and 33.8% for medicines.
|Self Defined Health Status 16+||State||With Medical/GP Card||Without Medical/GP Card|
|Very Good or Good||83.03||68.92||92.93|
|Bad or Very Bad||3.41||7.11||0.82|
In 2017, 83.0% of all those aged 16 years and over defined their own health status as either “Good” or “Very Good”. The corresponding rates for those with a medical/GP visit card and those without a medical/GP visit card were 68.9% and 92.9% respectively. In 2017, 3.4% of all those aged 16 years and over defined their own health status as either “Bad” or “Very Bad”. The corresponding rates were 7.1% for those with a medical/GP visit card and 0.8% for those without a medical/GP visit card.
|Number of Visits to a GP 16+||State||With Medical/GP Card||Without Medical / GP Card|
|10 Times or More||7.96||15.46||2.67|
In 2017, 24.4% of all those aged 16 years and over had no visits to a GP in the last 12 months. The corresponding rates for those with a medical/GP visit card and those without a Medical/GP visit card were 14.0% and 31.7% respectively. In 2017, 8.0% of all those aged 16 years and over have attended a GP ten times or more in the last 12 months compared with 15.5% of those who have a medical/GP visit card and 2.7% of those without a medical/GP visit card.
|Number of Medical/Surgical Consultations 16 +||State||With Medical/GP Card||Without Medical / GP Card|
|3 Times or more||10.05||13.26||7.79|
In 2017, 68.3% of those aged 16 years and over required no medical and/or surgical consultation in the past 12 months. Of those aged 16 years and over with a medical/GP visit card, 13.3% had three or more medical/surgical consultations in the past 12 months. This contrasts with 7.8% of those without a medical/GP visit card.
|Consumption of Fruit, Vegetables or Salad||At Least Daily||At Least Weekly||Less than Weekly|
|At Risk Of Poverty||80.72||15.34||3.93|
|Not At Risk Of Poverty||89.04||9.34|
In 2017, 80.7% of individuals aged 16 years and over who were at risk of poverty reported consuming at least one item of fruit, vegetables or salad daily compared with 89.0% of those who were not at risk of poverty. While 2.0% of all individuals aged 16 years and over consume one item of fruit, vegetables or salad less than weekly, the corresponding rates were 3.9% for those who are at risk of poverty and 1.6% for those who were not at risk of poverty.
|Activity At Work||%|
Physically Demanding Work
In 2017, approximately two in five (38.1%) of those aged 16 years or older who are working reported that they spend most of their time at work sitting. This compared with less than one in three (31.6%) who reported that they were mostly walking, or engaged in tasks requiring moderate physical effort while 19.9% reported that most of their time at work is spent standing. Lastly, just over one in ten (10.4%) reported that their time at work is spent doing mostly heavy labour or physically demanding work.
*1.7% of responses to this question were missing.
|Hours of Exercise a Week||Mostly Sitting|
In 2017, 12.0% of those who spend their time at work “mostly sitting” reported doing no exercise outside of work in a week, while approximately one in three reported that they do either up to 3 hours of exercise (29.5%) or more than 3 and up to 6 hours of exercise (30.3%) outside of work per week. Just over one in eight (12.8%) of those who spend their time at work "mostly sitting" reported doing more than 6 and up to 9 hours of exercise in a week, while a further 8.9% reported doing more than 9 and up to 12 hours of exercise per week. Only 4.9% of those who spend their time at work “mostly sitting” reported doing more than 12 hours of exercise per week outside of work.
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