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Table 1 Patient use and visit counts of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) within National Health Insurance (NHI) from 1996 to 2001 in Taiwan

From: Use frequency of traditional Chinese medicine in Taiwan

Year Valid beneficiaries Subjects using TCM New patients Total visits
  within NHI Total No. (%)* Female Male (%)  
1996 20,041,488 5,178,887 a (25.8%) 2,884,798 (55.7%) 2,276,795 (44.0%) 5,178,887 a 24,094,552
1997 20,492,317 5,444,532 (26.6%) 3,025,170 (55.6%) 2,400,105 (44.1%) 2,506,004 b (46.0%) 25,170,073
1998 20,757,185 5,633,794 (27.1%) 3,135,701 (55.7%) 2,466,698 (43.8%) 1,862,599 c (33.1%) 26,641,926
1999 21,089,859 5,937,644 (28.2%) 3,305,115 (55.7%) 2,605,236 (43.9%) 1,556,868 d (26.2%) 27,398,595
2000 21,400,826 6,063,923 (28.3%) 3,384,892 (55.8%) 2,642,655 (43.6%) 1,314,192 e (21.7%) 26,426,753
2001 21,653,555 6,142,829 (28.4%) 3,420,592 (55.7%) 2,672,785 (43.5%) 1,117,716 f (18.2%) 26,492,367
Total    7,097,695 (52.4%) 6,292,508 (46.5%) 13,536,266 (a+b+c+d+e+f) 156,224,266
  1. * Number within parenthesis indicates percentage of subjects using TCM among valid beneficiaries within NHI in that year; 146,063 people whose genders were not recorded; Female:male = 1.13:1. New patients indicate people who used NHI-covered TCM for the first time.