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Table 5 Percentage distribution of ambulatory visits for different components of Chinese medicine under the National Health Insurance Program in Taiwan from 1997 to 2003

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

  Year
Component* 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Herbal medication 70.8 72.7 71.8 70.5 69.3 68.4 68.7
Muscle strain therapy (Including dislocation therapy) 16.4 15.6 15.6 16.0 16.6 17.5 17.2
Acupuncture 9.4 9.2 10.0 11.5 12.1 12.9 13.0
Consultation only and others 3.4 2.5 2.6 2.0 2.0 1.2 1.1
Total 179,464 205,637 221,440 206,108 208,487 210,720 225,705
  1. *More than one component may be provided in each visit.