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Table 4 Utilization and expense of hospital admission and OP visit in 2008

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

Service Type Use of inpatient services Use of outpatient services
City Shanghai Beijing Fuzhou Chongqing Shanghai Beijing Fuzhou Chongqing
# patients 572 561 355 608 503 379 228 341
# of visits 1762 1058 1151 1747 11,523 10,132 4650 5096
Average number of visits per year 3.1 1.9 3.2 3.0 22.9 26.7 20.4 14.9
Per Hospital Admission/ Per OP visit
 Level of hospital (%)
  Tertiary 63.2 81.6 96.4 95.3 65.8 66.5 78.6 97.4
  Secondary/Primary 36.8 18.4 3.6 4.7 34.2 33.5 21.4 2.6
 Average length of stay (days) 13.7 24.0 21.3 24.9 / / / /
 Average total expense($)a 1608 3703 2888 2555 56 /b 46 80
 Average OOP payments($) 255 518 695 895 7 / 14 24
 Average reimbursement rate (%) 83.3 88.7 74.5 63.8 89.9 / 67.1 64.7
 Average expense per day($) 117 154 136 103 / / / /
Per Patient
 Average annual days of hospital admission 42.1 45.3 68.6 71.3 / / / /
 Average annual expense($) 4953 6984 9365 7340 1288 1336 930 1200
 Average annual OOP payments($) 785 976 2252 2572 170 593 276 355
 Average annual reimbursement rate (%) 83.8 87.7 74.7 61.5 88.2 50.1 50.1 47.8
  1. aAll currency was presented as the price of 2008 in US dollar (1USD = 6.94 CNY), no further discount applied
  2. bAll of the OP visit expense for cancer in 3 months were recorded as one hospital admission (Table 1), it is not applicable to get information of each OP visit in Beijing