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Table 2 Descriptive statistics: Share of elderly with no medical specialist visit in 2015 by level of long-term care

From: Differences in medical specialist utilization among older people in need of long-term care – results from German health claims data

Medical specialty Disease categories Elderly in need of long-term care Elderly not in need of long-term care
Low level of care Medium level of care High level of care
Share n Share n % n Share n
Internal medicine Renal failure 57% 2040 67% 1483 79% 518 44% 8299
Respiratory disease 56% 1929 68% 1236 78% 401 46% 14,737
Heart disease 62% 4941 72% 3222 83% 1270 46% 31,199
Mono- and polyneuropathy 59% 1709 67% 1044 75% 315 52% 10,358
Nutrition-related disease 59% 1596 67% 907 77% 274 54% 14,239
Cerebrovascular disease 67% 2106 76% 1790 84% 822 47% 9671
Coronary disease 63% 3632 72% 2244 81% 843 54% 25,697
Intestinal disease 63% 3057 74% 2118 86% 882 52% 26,500
Metabolic disorders 63% 4110 72% 2670 83% 1059 57% 41,074
Diabetes mellitus 64% 3338 73% 2260 82% 871 57% 24,214
Thyroid disorders 62% 1983 73% 1153 85% 444 57% 20,009
Parkinson’s disease 65% 743 74% 674 86% 383 54% 3087
Arthropathy 65% 4184 74% 2505 83% 876 58% 36,372
Hypertension 67% 6363 75% 4054 85% 1646 60% 57,376
Motor impairment 76% 505 80% 402 88% 153 58% 1473
Palsy/paresis 72% 575 80% 777 89% 393 61% 989
Cardiology Heart disease 81% 4941 88% 3222 95% 1270 68% 31,199
Coronary disease 83% 3632 89% 2244 96% 843 78% 25,697
Hypertension 85% 6363 90% 4054 96% 1646 81% 57,376
Ophthalmology Diseases of the eye 2% 3100 43% 1685 60% 591 16% 27,957
Orthopedics Osteopathy and chondropathy 66% 2034 80% 1194 86% 466 53% 11,113
Arthropathy 71% 4184 82% 2505 87% 876 58% 36,372
Injury 70% 2017 83% 1629 89% 653 54% 9014
Spinal disease 68% 3792 80% 2058 86% 721 59% 39,522
Motor impairment 81% 505 89% 402 92% 153 70% 1473
Gynecology Disorders of female genital tract 22% 1014 28% 456 32% 158 13% 16,454
Urinary tract disease 88% 2861 94% 2830 96% 1408 72% 12,263
Urology Prostate disease 21% 1564 20% 1228 21% 420 17% 20,120
Urinary tract disease 74% 2861 73% 2830 78% 1408 51% 12,263
Surgery Injury 83% 2017 86% 1629 90% 653 77% 9014
Skin disease 85% 1244 88% 898 88% 898 84% 10,330
Dermatology Skin disease 54% 1244 58% 898 57% 376 46% 10,330
Bedsore/decubitus 68% 805 75% 849 83% 555 49% 4409
Otolaryngology Diseases of the ear 47% 1853 50% 1056 59% 446 38% 14,970
Nephrology Renal failure 83% 2040 88% 1483 92% 518 81% 8299
Pneumology Respiratory disease 81% 1929 88% 1236 93% 401 73% 14,737
Psychiatry/ Neurology Parkinson’s disease 45% 743 43% 674 39% 383 50% 3087
Delusional/personality disorders 48% 464 43% 363 38% 233 54% 1865
Dementia-related disease 60% 2470 54% 2538 53% 1504 66% 4295
Palsy/paresis 62% 575 57% 777 52% 393 66% 989
Depression 62% 2236 55% 1543 51% 681 69% 14,017
Neurosis 64% 1553 57% 886 52% 306 72% 14,167
Mono- and polyneuropathy 67% 1709 63% 1044 57% 315 71% 10,358
Cerebrovascular disease 69% 2106 61% 1790 58% 822 76% 9671
Disorders due to psychoactive substance use 67% 685 64% 388 47% 135 82% 5954
  1. Notes: Sample size n = 100,000 insured persons of the AOK health and long-term care insurance fund
  2. Low level = i.e. German „Pflegestufe 1″, medium level = „Pflegestufe 2″, high level = „Pflegestufe 3 “and hardship cases, disease categories are related to ICD-10-GM