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Table 3 Crude utilizations of Chinese and Western medicine under the NHI program, 1997–2003 (total population = 136,720)

From: Utilization patterns of Chinese medicine and Western medicine under the National Health Insurance Program in Taiwan, a population-based study from 1997 to 2003

    Frequency of utilization Provider
Year No. of users No. of visits Mean ± SD Median Mode Hospital (%) Clinic (%)
Chinese medicine
1997 36,372 181,109 4.98 ± 6.59 3 1 7,060 (3.9) 174,049 (96.1)
1998 37,622 189,330 5.03 ± 6.60 3 1 7,709 (4.1) 181,621 (95.9)
1999 39,635 196,908 4.97 ± 6.36 3 1 9,461 (4.8) 187,447 (95.2)
2000 40,227 188,713 4.69 ± 5.81 2 1 10,330 (5.5) 178,383 (94.5)
2001 40,425 187,198 4.63 ± 5.73 3 1 10,865 (5.8) 176,333 (94.2)
2002 40,833 191,251 4.68 ± 5.82 3 1 12,617 (6.6) 178,634 (93.4)
2003 41,823 206,777 4.94 ± 6.45 3 1 11,497 (5.6) 195,280 (94.4)
Western medicine
1997 115,833 1,486,570 12.83 ± 13.82 8 1 478,493 (32.2) 1,008,077 (67.8)
1998 118,504 1,553,383 13.11 ± 14.07 9 1 509,743 (32.8) 1,043,640 (67.2)
1999 120,362 1,606,111 13.34 ± 13.85 9 1 549,420 (34.2) 1,056,691 (65.8)
2000 120,982 1,552,771 12.83 ± 12.92 9 1 554,656 (35.7) 998,115 (64.3)
2001 121,190 1,533,878 12.66 ± 12.97 9 1 583,055 (38.0) 950,823 (62.0)
2002 121,605 1,545,956 12.71 ± 13.23 9 1 610,399 (39.5) 935,557 (60.5)
2003 120,926 1,517,722 12.55 ± 13.69 8 1 568,128 (37.4) 949,594 (62.6)