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Table 1 Dynamics of laboratory expenditures in British Columbia, 1996/97 and 2005/06

From: Designation, diligence and drift: understanding laboratory expenditure increases in British Columbia, 1996/97 to 2005/06

    % Change
  1996/97 2005/06 Overall Average annual
Total health care services expenditures (constant $) 1,594,591,397 1,998,842,372 25.4% 2.5%
Per capita health care services expenditures 399 455 14.3% 1.5%
Total lab expenditures (constant $) 166,914,987 264,904,987 58.7% 5.3%
BC Population 3,999,520 4,383,445 9.7% 1.0%
Per capita lab expenditures 41.8 60.4 44.7% 4.2%
    % Growth attributable
Growth attributable to change in age structure    5.3% 0.6%
Growth attributable to other changes    37.4% 3.6%
  1. Note: All numbers reflect age-standardization within broad age bands. We used a direct standardization approach, standardizing 1996/97 utilization rates to the 2005/06 population.
  2. Notes for reading Tables 1 & 2: Rows are only additive for "expenditures per capita". For the other terms of the equation, the denominators differ by column and so it is impossible to add the values.