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Table 5 Utilization and expense of hospital admission and OP visit in 2008 for different age groups

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
Age group <60 ≥60 <60 ≥60 <60 ≥60 <60 ≥60 <60 ≥60 <60 ≥60 <60 ≥60 <60 ≥60
# patients 240 332 223 338 85 270 175 433 215 288 119 260 60 168 103 238
# of visits 808 954 418 640 345 806 589 1158 5619 5904 3145 6987 1055 3595 1427 3669
Average number of visits per year 3.4 2.9 1.9 1.9 4.2 2.9 3.4 2.7 26.1 20.5 26.1 27.0 16.2 21.9 13.9 15.4
Per admission
 Level of hospital (%)
  Tertiary 67.1 60.0 85.2 79.2 99.1 95.3 96.8 94.6 64.1 67.5 73.3 63.4 93.6 74.3 96.8 97.7
  Secondary/Primary 32.9 40.0 14.8 20.8 0.9 4.7 3.2 5.4 35.9 32.5 26.7 36.6 6.4 25.7 3.2 2.3
 Average length of stay (days) 12.0 15.1 22.7 24.8 19.7 22.0 18.6 28.1 / / / / / / / /
 Average total expense($) 1478 1718 3625 3754 2601 3012 2681 2491 54 58 / / 49 45 97 74
 Average OOP payments($) 262 249 572 482 647 715 1078 802 7 8 / / 16 13 30 21
 Average reimbursement rate (%) 81.7 84.7 88.0 89.1 74.7 74.4 59.8 65.9 89.2 90.6 / / 64.7 67.8 60.1 66.5
 Average expense per day($) 183 165 217 236 157 157 186 136 / / / / / / / /
Per Year
 Average annual days of hospital admission 40.5 43.3 42.6 47.0 80.1 64.9 62.8 74.7 / / / / / / / /
 Average annual expense($) 4975 4937 6796 7109 10659 8958 9022 6661 1415 1193 1304 1350 862 955 1339 1140
 Average annual OOP payments($) 882 716 1073 913 2693 2113 3627 2145 190 155 698 544 279 276 410 331
 Average annual reimbursement rate (%) 81.4 85.6 86.5 88.5 75.6 74.5 56.2 63.6 87.4 88.8 41.4 54.1 51.5 49.6 44.2 49.4