What it measures
Dimension: Personal Wellbeing
Also called Perceived Health, the self-rated health indicator shows the percentage of people age 12 years and over who report their own health status as being excellent or very good. Higher levels of self-rated health are an indicator of a healthy population.
Why this matters
A person’s risk of illness or mortality is closely linked to his or her sense of wellbeing, and studies repeatedly show a close relationship between how people rate their own health—a subjective measure—and objective outcomes such as morbidity (frequency of illness or injury), mortality, and the use of health services.