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Table 2 Characteristics of outpatients by city- and county-level hospitals

From: Exploring pathways to outpatients’ satisfaction with health care in Chinese public hospitals in urban and rural areas using patient-reported experiences

  Total (N = 4782) City-level hospitals (N = 1686) County-level hospitals (N = 3096)
n % n % n %
Sex
 Men 1957 40.9 704 41.8 1253 40.5
 Women 2825 59.1 982 58.2 1843 59.5
Age group
  ≤ 44 years 3111 65.1 1143 67.8 1968 63.6
 45–64 years 1125 23.5 358 21.2 767 24.8
  ≥ 65 years 546 11.4 185 11.0 361 11.7
Education level
 Below primary school 771 16.1 209 12.4 562 18.2
 Primary school 641 13.4 184 10.9 457 14.8
 Middle school 1327 27.7 432 25.6 895 28.9
 High school 702 14.7 280 16.6 422 13.6
 College and above 1341 28.0 581 34.5 760 24.5
Income groupa
 First group (lowest) 1809 37.8 516 30.6 1293 41.8
 Second group 2043 42.7 749 44.4 1294 41.8
 Third group 760 15.9 352 20.9 408 13.2
 Fourth group (highest) 74 1.5 35 2.1 39 1.3
 Cannot tell 96 2.0 34 2.0 62 2.0
  1. aThe annual household income of the first income group: < 30,000 Chinese yuan, the second group: 30,000–80,000 Chinese yuan, the third group: 80,000–300,000 Chinese yuan, and the fourth group: ≥ 300,000 Chinese yuan