The DMG collects all patient health information (x-rays, blood tests, allergies, immunizations, hospitalizations etc.) and allows to exchange data between healthcare professionals. DMG is also used to encourage patients to engage with a doctor, “essential for the quality and continuity of care in first-line”, explains the barometer.

End 2014 1945727 Solidaris affiliates had opened a DMG, a 76% increase from 2005. Over the same period, the number of patients who opened a DMG has advanced significantly in Wallonia (152 %) and Brussels (+ 125%) while Flanders experienced a more moderate increase (+ 52%), which already reflects a higher coverage rate in 2005. But gaps persist between Flanders of First and Wallonia and Brussels on the other: a Walloon and Brussels have a two DMG for three out of four patients in Flanders.

A particular effort needs to provide to the chronically ill, much of which has no DMG in Brussels (40%) and Wallonia (30%), notes the barometer.

Holders of DMG aged 45 to 75 years can enjoy free of a prevention consultation called more comprehensive medical record (DMG +) from their GP. In 2014, 15% of patients who opened a DMG received such a consultation.

Since 1 August 2014, an electronic version of DMG exists. The system starts slowly, 22,000 electronic files having been recorded end of 2014, or 1.1% of total DMG.