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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.