Percentage of population that rates their overall health as very good or excellent

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.

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