Life expectancy in good health

This indicator shows life expectancy in good health at birth for men and women. It therefore measures the number of years a person can expect to live in a good or very good state of health.

In terms of integration, the aim is to increase life expectancy in good health at birth.

Definitions

Life expectancy in good health:  is determined by life expectancy at specific ages and by the proportion of people who, at these specific ages, say that they are in good or poor health. The concept of life expectancy in good health therefore takes into account not only the length of life but also the quality of health in the life years that have passed.

Methodologies

To calculate life expectancy in good health, we use the method developed by Sullivan (1971). The following basic data are required:

  • number of deaths in a given year (broken down by age and sex)
  • permanent resident population in a given year (broken down by age and sex)
  • number of people in good or very good health in a given year (broken down by age and sex)

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