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Table 1 Characteristics of Hospitals: A Sample of 200 Hospitals and the National Average

From: Trends of increase in western medical services in traditional medicine hospitals in china

  TCM Hospital General Hospital
200 Hospitals 1999 2004 Difference* 1999 2004 Difference*
Total Number of Hospitals 97 97 0 103 103 0
Number of staffed beds, mean (SD) 176 210 34 413 467 54
Number of TCM providers, mean (SD) 62 (49) 51 (39) -9 13 (10) 12 (9) -1
Mean percentage of TCM providers (SD) 52.1% (24.0%) 47.5% (21.4%) -4.7% 8.2% (8.9%) 7.4% (7.9%) -0.8%
Level of hospital       
Province 5.2% 5.2% 0.0% 5.8% 5.8% 0.0%
City 50.5% 49.5% -1.0% 53.4% 53.4% 0.0%
County 44.3% 45.4% 1.0% 40.8% 40.8% 0.0%
Region of hospital located       
Eastern 34.0% 34.0% 0.0% 32.0% 32.0% 0.0%
Middle 33.0% 33.0% 0.0% 34.0% 34.0% 0.0%
Western 33.0% 33.0% 0.0% 34.0% 34.0% 0.0%
Total Revenues, in million, mean (SD)** 23.38 (37.69) 39.39 (57.10) 16.01 57.35 (59.16) 106.93 (118.89) 49.58
Total service revenues, in million, mean (SD)** 21.69 (35.64) 37.31 (52.34) 15.62 54.50 (57.12) 104.47 (112.23) 49.97
Government subsidy as percent of total revenue 7.2% 4.7% -2.5% 4.8% 3.4% -1.5%
  TCM Hospital Other Hospital****
National Statistics*** 1999 2003 2008 1999 2003 2008
Number of Hospitals 2,555 2,446 2,437 6,259 5,868 6,447
Number of staffed beds, mean 104 121 150 213 239 269
Number of health care providers, mean 158 173 207 311 337 374
Level of hospital       
- Province and city 24.2% 25.2% 24.6% 44.6% 44.4% 43.0%
- County 75.8% 74.8% 75.4% 55.4% 55.6% 57.0%
Total revenues, in million yuan, mean 8.2 14.4 33.2 22.5 39.8 82.4
Government subsidy as percent of total revenue 9.5% 9.3% 10.6% 7.7% 8.3% 8.5%
  1. SD - standard deviation
  2. * Difference is obtained by subtracting 1999 data from 2004 data
  3. ** In million yuan RMB (Ren-Min-Bi): Chinese currency; Total revenue = Total service revenue + Government subsidy
  4. *** Data sources: the 1999 - 2008 National Health Care Accounting Statistics, Department of Planning and Budget, Ministry of Health
  5. **** Including general hospital, TCM-Western integration hospital, other ethnic hospital, special hospital, and nursing home; but not including prevention clinics, maternal and child health institute, and rehabilitation facilities.