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Table 5 Type of financing for antibiotics prescribed by public sector health professionals, in relation to wealth quarters

From: Access to health care in relation to socioeconomic status in the Amazonian area of Peru

  Financing for antibiotics prescribed by public sector
  Yurimaguas Moyobamba
  Free of charge Paid Out-of-pocket Total Free of charge Paid Out-of-pocket Total
Poorest (Q1) 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 23 12 (86%) 2 (14%) 14
Q2 33 (92%) 3 (8%) 36 18 (100%) - 18
Q3 15 (75%) 5 (25%) 20 15 (71%) 6 (29%) 21
Least poor (Q4) 15 (54%) 13 (46%) 28 18 (72%) 7 (28%) 25
  84 23 107 63 15 78
  1. Wealth quarters were defined by principal component analysis (PCA). Quartile 1 (Q1) represents the poorest quartile of the study sample (the relatively poorest caregivers), quartile 2 (Q2) the second poorest, quartile 3 (Q3) the second lest poor quartile and quarter 4 (Q4) the least poor quartile. Number of children receiving antibiotics prescribed by public sector health professionals provided free-of-charge or in return for out-of-pocket payment stated as numbers, with percentage per quartile and community shown in parentheses. Chi-square tests have been used to assess differences between two poorest (Q1 and Q2) and two least poor (Q3 and Q4) strata. Significant difference between strata was found for Yurimaguas (p < 0.05) but not for Moyobamba.