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Table 2 Sample size, frequency (in percentage) of GP and specialist visits in the 2 weeks before the interview and frequency (in percentage) of hospitalisation during the year before the interview: total and by three indicators of socioeconomic position

From: Socioeconomic patterns in the use of public and private health services and equity in health care

Measures of socioeconomic position Sample size GP visits Specialist visits Hospitalisation
   Public Private Public Private Public Private
Total 18,837 18.8 1.0 5.0 1.9 6.9 1.0
Education        
Tertiary 2,870 9.8 2.4 3.3 4.4 4.1 1.9
Upper secondary 4,335 13.3 1.1 4.4 2.4 4.6 0.9
Lower secondary 3,209 17.1 0.6 5.0 1.1 6.3 0.9
Primary/no education 8,423 26.8 0.4 6.1 1.0 9.8 0.7
Social class a        
I–II 3,240 11.5 2.6 4.5 3.6 4.9 2.2
III 4,804 16.5 1.2 4.7 2.6 6.1 1.3
IV 5,665 22.0 0.5 5.7 1.2 7.7 0.6
V–VI 4,846 22.6 0.1 5.1 0.7 8.3 0.4
Monthly income b        
More than 1800 euros 3,762 11.6 2.1 4.4 3.5 4.8 1.7
From 1201 to 1800 euros 3,756 16.7 0.9 4.8 1.9 5.9 1.2
From 901 to 1200 euros 3,756 18.6 0.6 5.4 1.2 7.1 0.6
Up to 900 euros 6,234 27.8 0.4 5.5 1.0 9.8 0.3
  1. a. No social class could be assigned to 1.5% of those interviewed.
  2. b. No category of monthly income could be assigned to 7% of those interviewed.