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Table 1 Descriptive statistics for non-senior households eligible for Fair PharmaCare during 2003

From: Registration for public drug benefits across areas of differing ethnic composition in British Columbia, Canada

  % ( mean) of non-registrants % (mean) of registrants Total % (mean) of the population
Predisposing household characteristics
   Household size*    
One person 60.3 52.2 55.5
Two persons 16.8 22.5 20.2
Three or four persons 19.2 21.6 20.6
Five or more persons 3.7 3.7 3.7
   Household composition    
At least one adult female* 58.3 74.0 67.6
At least one child* 38.1 26.3 25.8
Single-parent* 4.8 5.4 5.1
Enabling household characteristics
   Income (mean) ($34,581) ($34,149) ($34,326)
   Private Insurance*    
Yes 39.2 48.3 44.6
Household needs
   Prescription drug expenditure (2002)*    
None ($0) 36.3 21.2 27.4
Low (< $150) 33.8 31.1 32.2
Medium ($150-500) 19.1 23.7 21.8
High ($500-1000) 6.9 11.3 9.5
Catastrophic (> $1000) 3.9 12.7 9.1
   Total ADGs*    
Zero 23.2 10.5 15.7
One 12.4 9.2 10.5
Two 11.3 10.1 10.6
Three 9.8 10.0 9.9
Four or more 43.3 60.2 53.3
Local area characteristics
   Recent immigrant concentration*    
High 6.6 7.2 6.9
   Ethnic concentration    
British Isles* 78.1 74.4 75.9
Other European* 71.7 68.9 70.0
North American* 32.7 31.0 31.7
Chinese* 12.3 15.1 14.0
South Asian* 4.0 5.2 4.7
Other Asian 1.8 1.9 1.8
Aboriginal* 0.95 0.64 0.77
French* 0.19 0.15 0.16
No ethnic concentration 2.4 2.5 2.5
   Ethnic composition*    
Homogeneous 1.6 1.9 1.8
Households (N) 535,106 771,166 1,306,272
  1. * Statistically significant (p < 0.05) difference between registered and non-registered.