Metadata Sub-indicator Necesidad insatisfecha de atención médica


Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


Target 3.8. Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.


Indicator 3.8.1. Coverage of essential health services


Sub-indicator Unmet need for medical care

Type of indicator (global, European, national)
  • European (sdg_03_60)
  • National

Proportion of people aged 16 and over reporting unmet health care needs due to any of the following reasons: Financial reasons, waiting list and too far to travel

Calculation method

$$ PPNIAM_{16+}^{t}=\frac{PNIAM_{16+}^{t}}{P_{16+}^{t}} \cdot 100$$Where \( PNIAM _{16+}^{t}\): population aged 16 and over indicating unmet health care needs in year t and \(P_{16+}^{t}\): population aged 16 and over in year t

Unit of measure




Disaggregated data(Gender, age, region in Spain, other)

Sex, Age, Autonomous Community, Nationality, Type of household, Income decile


Tier I

Come from National Statistics Plan (YES/NO)


Statistical operation

Life Conditions Survey (ISO code: 30453)

Date of the last metadata update


Link to United Nations metadata
Custody agency



Self-reported unmet needs relate to a person's own assessment of whether he needed a medical examination or treatment (excluding dental care), but he did not have it or did not seek it

  • (1) Reasons: very expensive, far away to access or waiting list problems.
  • (2) Other reasons: not having time, not knowing any good specialist, fear of the doctor or hospitals, medical examinations or treatment, waiting and seeing if the problem improves, other reasons.
  • (*) Serial breakdown. Different question. The value of the subindicator corresponds to the Reasons category