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The Institution

The Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) is an independent public agency. It draws up studies and projections on economic, social and environmental policy issues and on the integration of these policies within a context of sustainable development.

Karel Van den Bosch



  • Social protection, demography and prospective studies

CV & Publicaties

  • Measuring social protection for older people with long-term care needs in Belgium. A report on the completion of an OECD data collection questionnaire

    Social protection for the costs of long‐term care (LTC) varies widely between countries, and to date there has been no systematic comparison of the experiences of people with LTC needs in different countries. In response to this information gap, the OECD and the European Commission (EC) have established a project to make quantitative comparisons of social protection for LTC in OECD and EU countries, using the typical cases approach. Social protection encompasses both cash benefits, conditional on long‐term care needs, and long‐term care services offered at no or subsidized cost to the user. A data collection questionnaire has been distributed. This report describes how the data for Belgium have been collected. The following schemes are taken into account: the allowance for the assistance of the elderly; the allowances for incontinence and for the chronically ill; the Flemish care insurance; the sickness and invalidity insurance for home nursing care and care in institutions; home care (not nursing care), regulated and subsidized by regional governments; and service vouchers. The data refer to the year 2015.

    REP_PROTSEC_16 [30/06/2016]
  • La signification sociale des soins de santé
    De maatschappelijke betekenis van de gezondheidszorg

    At the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the National Institute for Health and Invalidity Insurance (NIHDI) asked the Federal Planning Bureau to draft a report on the social impact of public health care and health care insurance. We focused on three specific questions. First, what was the contribution of health care to population health during the past half-century? Lacking sufficient data on other dimensions of health, we look at mortality and life expectancy. Two approaches to this question lead to the same conclusion: the expansion of health care has contributed substantially to the increase in life years. The second question concerns the role of health care in the economy. The value added and employment in the branches Health care and Social services has increased vastly between 1970 and  making health care an ever more important part of the Belgian economy . The third question is about the impact of health care and public health care insurance on inequalities in health and income. Among other findings, we report that in Belgium there is no social inequality in the use of general practitioner, though there is in specialist consultations. Also, a fairly large number of older persons have to cope with own contributions to health care that exceed 10% of their income.

    OP_INAMI_RIZIV_14 [03/02/2014]
  • De evolutie van de armoede bij ouderen nader bekeken

    Working Paper 06-13 [30/08/2013]
  • Perspectives économiques 2012-2017
    Economische vooruitzichten 2012-2017

    Economic outlook 2012-2017 [14/05/2012]
  • Perspectives économiques 2011-2016
    Economische vooruitzichten 2011-2016

    Economic outlook 2011-2016 [12/05/2011]
  • Perspectives économiques 2010-2015
    Economische vooruitzichten 2010-2015

    Economic outlook 2010-2015 [19/05/2010]
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