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Table 2 Description of variables

From: Effects of changes in health insurance reimbursement level on outpatient service utilization of rural diabetics: evidence from Jiangsu Province, China

Variable Description Mean(S.D.)
Total Village clinic THC County-level hospital
Dependent variables     
Year =1 if Year = 2010; =0 otherwise. 0.38(0.49) 0.39(0.49) 0.38(0.49) 0.40(0.49)
Sex =1 if Sex = female; =0 otherwise. 0.43(0.50) 0.41(0.49) 0.43(0.49) 0.39(0.48)
Age      
Age 1** =1 if 18 ≤ Age ≤ 30; =0 otherwise. 0.02(0.15) 0.02(0.13) 0.02(0.15) 0.02(0.14)
Age 2 =1 if 10 ≤ Age ≤ 17; =0 otherwise. 0.02(0.14) 0.02(0.12) 0.02(0.15) 0.01(0.10)
Age 3 =1 if 31 ≤ Age ≤ 45; =0 otherwise. 0.11(0.31) 0.08(0.28) 0.11(0.31) 0.11(0.31)
Age 4 =1 if 46 ≤ Age ≤ 60; =0 otherwise. 0.34(0.47) 0.32(0.47) 0.32(0.47) 0.35(0.48)
Age 5 =1 if 61 ≤ Age ≤ 80; =0 otherwise. 0.44(0.50) 0.48(0.50) 0.45(0.50) 0.45(0.50)
Age 6 =1 if 81 ≤ Age; =0 otherwise 0.06(0.24) 0.08(0.24) 0.06(0.24) 0.05(0.23)
Severity of illness
Low severity** =1 if low severity; =0 otherwise. 0.27(0.44) 0.24(0.43) 0.29(0.45) 0.12(0.32)
Medium severity =1 if medium severity; =0 otherwise. 0.40(0.50) 0.42(0.49) 0.40(0.49) 0.30(0.46)
High severity =1 if high severity; =0 otherwise. 0.33(0.50) 0.34(0.47) 0.31(0.46) 0.58(0.49)
Diff-rate* =1 if different = 5 or different = 10; =0 otherwise. 0.87(0.33) 0.83(0.37) 0.74(0.43)
Diff-amount The difference of the annual maximum outpatient payment amount between 2010 and 2011
Diff-amount 1** =1 if different = 0; =0 otherwise. 0.21(0.41)    
Diff-amount 2 =1 if different = 40; =0 otherwise. 0.54(0.50)    
Diff-amount 3 =1 if different = 100; =0 otherwise. 0.25(0.43)    
Independent variables     
Totalfee yearly total outpatient fee 344.08(310.05)    
Ln (Totalfee) =Ln(yearly total outpatient fee) 5.47(0.86)    
Rate Rate of patients’ outpatient visit number at different types of health institutions to the total yearly outpatient visit number   0.8(0.28) 0.75(0.33) 0.64(0.35)
  1. Note: * means the difference of outpatient reimbursement rate between 2010 and 2011; ** means omitted group.