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Table 2 Coverage, characteristics and cost of private health plans paid by study mothers, stratified by socioeconomic position. 2004 Pelotas Birth Cohort Study, Pelotas, Brazil, 2004.

From: Can mothers rely on the Brazilian health system for their deliveries? An assessment of use of the public system and out-of-pocket expenditure in the 2004 Pelotas Birth Cohort Study, Brazil

  Reference wealth quintiles (IEN/Pelotas) All
  1 2 3 4 5  
  N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Coverage by private health plan (p < 0.001) 58 (6.3) 155 (18.9) 262 (30.6) 370 (52.0) 498 (78.8) 1343 (34.0)
Services included in health plans       
   consultations (p = 0.561) 55 (98.2) 145 (96.7) 250 (98.1) 358 (98.9) 483 (98.2) 1291 (98.2)
   lab exams (p = 0.058) 52 (92.9) 136 (91.3) 235 (93.3) 341 (94.7) 477 (96.8) 1241 (94.7)
   hospital treatment (p < 0.001) 31 (63.3) 65 (47.5) 97 (40.4) 191 (54.9) 366 (74.9) 750 (59.4)
   additional usage fee (p = 0.028) 45 (79.0) 107 (72.3) 176 (69.6) 281 (77.8) 338 (68.7) 947 (72.2)
  Mean Mean Mean Mean Mean Mean
Monthly per capita cost in R$* (p < 0.001) 7.58 11.14 12.25 19.69 38.33 25.18
Total population 1006 859 905 745 671 4186
  1. * The mean exchange rate in 2004 was R$ 2.93 per American dollar.