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Table 4 Treatment seeking patterns and household costs prior to inclusion in the program

From: Costs of screening children for hearing disorders and delivery of hearing aids in China

Variable Beijing   Nanning   Guigang  
Treatment seeking pattern N % N % N %
   First place visited elsewhere       
Traditional healer 47 94 36 54 27 50
Faith healer/religious person 3 6 5 7 0 0
Chemist (e.g. pharmacy) 0 0 12 18 0 0
Village health worker/nurse practitioner 0 0 4 6 0 0
Goverment doctor 0 0 1 1 0 0
Private doctor 0 0 2 3 0 0
Other 0 0 1 1 0 0
No other place 0 0 6 9 23 43
Missing 0 0 0 0 4 7
Total 50 100 67 100 54 100
   Second place visited elsewhere       
Traditional healer 34 68 30 45 2 4
Faith healer/religious person 4 8 6 9 0 0
Chemist (e.g. pharmacy) 0 0 4 6 0 0
Village health worker/nurse practitioner 0 0 2 3 0 0
Special shop selling hearing aids 0 0 4 6 0 0
No other place 12 24 21 31 48 89
Missing 0 0 0 0 4 7
Total 50 100 67 100 54 100
   Third place visited elsewhere       
Traditional healer 23 46 17 25 1 2
Faith healer/religious person 1 2 2 3 0 0
Chemist (e.g. pharmacy) 0 0 1 1 0 0
Special shop selling hearing aids 1 2 2 3 0 0
Other 0 0 2 4 0 0
No other place 25 50 43 63 49 91
Missing 0 0 0 0 4 7
Total 50 100 67 100 54 100
Household costs N RMB N RMB N RMB
   First place visited elsewhere       
Registration fees, drugs, tests, hearing aids etc. 50 5,852 62 1,259 28 6,054
Family transportation, food and lodging 50 789 62 116 28 358
Family income lost because of seeking care 50 364 61 84 28 187
   Second place visited elsewhere       
Registration fees, drugs, tests, hearing aids etc. 38 7,936 47 2,380 2 5,007
Family transportation, food and lodging 38 780 47 110 2 508
Family income lost because of seeking care 38 217 47 55 1 16
   Third place visited elsewhere       
Registration fees, drugs, tests, hearing aids etc. 25 3,862 25 1,465 1 18
Family transportation, food and lodging 25 842 25 61 1 19
Family income lost because of seeking care 25 98 25 38 1 20