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Table 2 Reasons for exclusion of practices initially selected from the telephone directory

From: Waiting times for elective treatments according to insurance status: A randomized empirical study in Germany

Reason for exclusion Total number of practices excluded n = 61) Percent of excluded practices (61 = 100%))
Service/Treatment in question not offered, e.g. pulmonary function test 21 34.4
Practice closed for vacation for more than 1 week after the initial call (as indicated on the answering machine) 6 9.8
Practice not attainable after three attempts (excluding "line busy") 4 6.6
Practice offering only open consultation hours 10 16,4
Exclusive service for private insurees 13 21.3
Practice no longer in service 7 11.5