Self-perceived health

The figures stated below refer to the “Austrian health interview survey 2019“.

Most of the Austrians aged 15 and over (75%) are satisfied with their general health status, rating it as “very good” or “good”. Conversely, only 6% of the population describe their health as “poor” or “very poor”. Almost one person in five (19%) perceives his or her health as “fair”. The results once show that women rate their health slightly less positively than men, with 76% of men – but only 73% of women – describing their health as at least “good”. Thus, overall, differences between the sexes are not very marked and affect almost every age group. However, gender-specific differences increase considerably in later adulthood.

Compared with the results of earlier health interview surveys, a positive trend can be seen overall in terms of self-perceived health status. It gets even more marked, if statistically adjusted for the influence of ageing. The share of males perceiving their health at least as “good” increased (adjusted for age) from 68% in 1991 to 75% in 2019. For women the respective share rose from 66% (1991) to 74% (2019).

Results (overview): Self perceived health

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