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Table 3 Reasons for non-use of health service among elderly in Shandong, China (%) (2012)

From: Non-use of health care service among empty-nest elderly in Shandong, China: a cross-sectional study

Reasons   Non-visiting   Non-hospitalization
Total (%) Empty-nesters (%) Non-empty-Nesters (%) Total (%) Empty-nesters (%) Non-empty-nesters (%)
N 1038 689 349 326 221 105
Financial difficulties 436(42.0) 320(46.4) 116(33.3) 178(54.6) 128(57.9) 50(47.6)
Illness not serious 366(35.3) 215(31.3) 151(43.3) 76(23.3) 47(21.3) 29(27.6)
Without effective medical treatment 59(5.7) 44(6.4) 15(4.3) 29(8.9) 18(8.1) 11(10.5)
Poor transportation 17(1.6) 9(1.3) 8(2.3)   -- --
Inconvenient 14(1.3) 8(1.2) 6(1.7)   -- --
No enough time -- -- -- 8(2.5) 4(1.8) 4(3.8)
No beds -- -- -- 3(0.9) 2(0.9) 1(1.0)
Others 145(14.0) 92(13.4) 53(15.2) 32(9.8) 22(10.0) 10(9.5)
   χ2 =23.41, P = 0.000   χ2 =4.23, P = 0.518