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Table 1 Changes in medical utilization before and after a copayment waiver policy implementation

From: An evaluation on the effect of the copayment waiver policy for Korean hospitalized children under the age of six

  Total patients <6 years of age Total Inpatients <6 years of age Average age Inpatient days per case (n) Hospital expenditure per case (USD)
  National Health Insurance Group (Total)
Before 429,666 535,129 1.86 6.37 709.32
After 699,254 891,278 1.28 5.96 644.67
Rate of Increase 62.7% 66.6% - −6.4% −9.1%
  National Health Insurance Group(Industrial worker)
Before 273,194 336,335 1.82 6.25 706.45
After 480,739 603,284 1.24 5.85 635.40
Rate of Increase 76.0% 79.4% - −6.5% −10.0%
  National Health Insurance Group(Self-employed)
Before 160251 198794 1.93 6.57 714.17
After 228610 287994 1.35 6.20 662.84
Rate of Increase 42.7% 44.9% - −5.6% −7.2%
  Medical Aid Group
Before 7860 11852 3.71 13.48 2067.94
After 16616 25469 2.94 10.53 1452.53
Rate of Increase 111.4% 114.9% - −21.9% −29.8%
  1. aBefore (2004.8.1-2005.11.30) and after (2006.2.1-2007.5.31).