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Table 3 Demographic characteristics of Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health participants: Grouped by relationship to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and recency of widowhood

From: Does Government subsidy for costs of medical and pharmaceutical services result in higher service utilization by older widowed women in Australia?

Demographic characteristic Gold Card holder, widowed ≤ 3 years n = 114 Gold Card holder, widowed > 3 years n = 209 Not DVA, widowed ≤ 3 years n = 136 Not DVA, widowed > 3 years n = 271 p-value
Age (mean, SD) 81.1 (1.4) 81.3 (1.4) 80.9 (1.4) 81.1 (1.4) 0.14
Self-rated heath (%)
Excellent 0.9 % 4.9 % 4.4 % 6.6 % 0.12
Very good 15.0 % 21.8 % 22.2 % 24.0 %  
Good 53.1 % 39.8 % 45.2 % 43.5 %  
Fair/Poor 31.0 % 33.5 % 28.1 % 25.8 %  
Ability to manage on income (%)
Easy 38.6 % 43.7 % 32.1 % 30.6 %  
Not too bad 44.7 % 46.1 % 53.7 % 45.1 %  
Difficult sometimes 13.2 % 9.7 % 11.2 % 17.2 % 0.001
Difficult always/ impossible 3.5 % 0.5 % 3.0 % 7.1 %