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Table 4 Effects of factors of major cost components

From: Extent and structure of health insurance expenditures for complementary and alternative medicine in Swiss primary care

Factor Parameter estimates of continous dataa
  Consultation related cost Referral related cost Total cost for medication Total costs
Experience of physician in years -0.26 -0.31 1.69* 1.24
Proportion of consultations for female patients -4.18* 0.31 -5.88* -9.71*
Average age of patients 6.48* 1.86* 12.72* 21.24*
Proportion of home visits -793.01* 178.68* 546.16* -16.45
Proportion of accident consultations -2718.22* 13.15 -581.06 -3165.41*
  Overall F-tests of categorical variablesb
  p-value p-value p-value p-value
Physicians group <.001 0.011 <.001 0.483
Canton 0.020 0.001 <.001 <.001
Practice location 0.286 0.006 0.354 0.057
Type of practice 0.025 0.881 0.492 0.065
Gender of physician 0.467 0.706 0.004 0.009
  1. a interpreted as change of cost per change for each unit of the respective factor (years and percentages).
  2. b interpreted as differences of least square means of the respective factors.
  3. * Significant association (p < 0.05)