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Table 2 Number of elderly individuals (≥65 years of age) with and without multimorbidity demanding health care in 2013

From: Multimorbidity, health care utilization and costs in an elderly community-dwelling population: a claims data based observational study

Health care utilization n (%) Total study sample (n = 229493) Non-multi-morbid (n = 53741) Multi-morbid (n = 175752) Sign.
Individuals with consultation 209'962 (91.5) 36'922 (68.7) 173'040 (98.5) ***
By primary care physicians 185'035 (80.6) 27'397 (51.0) 157'638 (89.7) ***
By specialists 165'178 (72.0) 25'834 (48.1) 139'344 (79.3) ***
Hospital outpatient visits 108'502 (47.3) 12'168 (22.6) 96'334 (54.8) ***
By different primary care physicians 41'601 (18.1) 3'494 (6.5) 38'107 (21.7) ***
By different specialists 108'187 (47.1) 13'029 (24.2) 95'158 (54.1) ***
Individuals with physician contact     
Face-to-face consultations 203'328 (88.6) 34'129 (63.5) 169'199 (96.3) ***
Phone consultations 55'174 (24.0) 4'748 (8.8) 50'426 (28.7) ***
Home visits 14'059 (6.1) 654 (1.2) 13'405 (7.6) ***
Individuals with hospitalisation 40'556 (17.7) 2'091 (3.9) 38'465 (21.9) ***
  1. ***p-value <0.001 **p-value <0.01 *p-value <0.05.