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Table 2 Demographic characteristics of cancer patients

From: Financial burden of healthcare for cancer patients with social medical insurance: a multi-centered study in urban China

  Shanghai Beijing Fuzhou Chongqing
Sample size 600 600 600 608
# UEBMI patients (eligible)a 572 561 350 608
Gender Composition (%)
 Male 48.1 54.2 51.8 56.9
Average age (year, mean ± SD) 63.5 ± 12.4 63.2 ± 13.5 67.1 ± 10.0 67.4 ± 13.7
Age group (%)
 <40 1.7 5.5 0.3 2.3
 40 ~ 59 40.2 34.2 23.7 26.5
 60 ~ 79 47.6 50.8 66.8 53.6
 >80 10.5 9.4 9.3 17.6
  1. aWe initially collected around 600 individuals in each city’s insurance database. However, the UEBMI and URBMI database was operated together in Shanghai, Beijing and Fuzhou. URBMI enrollers were removed and only UEBMI beneficiaries were included for final analysis