Air pollution leads to more incapacity for work and increases the need for medical care

A new study by the National Alliance of Independent Health Insurance Funds in collaboration with KU Leuven shows how Belgians are getting sick of air pollution today. When air pollution peaks, chronic patients go to the doctor more quickly. In addition, air pollution appears to contribute to the fact that people slide into disability due to mental problems.

The full report is available in Dutch and in French.


ELLIS is funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO) through the BRAIN-be 2.0 (2018-2023) programme.

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Project coordinator

Prof. dr. Brecht Devleesschauwer

Sciensano, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Service Lifestyle and Chronic Diseases