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Table 4 Medicines use during past two-week period in 2013

From: Availability, use, and affordability of medicines in urban China under universal health coverage: an empirical study in Hangzhou and Baoji

2013 Hangzhou Baoji p-value of total population comparison between two cities
Stratified by insurance scheme p-value of comparison between two schemes Total Stratified by insurance scheme p-value of comparison between two schemes Total
UEBMI URBMI UEBMI URBMI
Prevalence during the past two weeks (among total subjects) 37.0%
(695/1878)
17.3%
(130/750)
< 0.001 30.7%
(864/2885)a
30.1%
(387/1287)
19.0%
(230/1213)
< 0.001 23.9%
(625/2615)a
< 0.001
Patients taking medicines 87.1% 86.5% 0.631 88.8% 91.7% 88.7% 0.078 89.9% 0.426
Type of medicines
 WM 8.4% 11.3% 0.020 9.1% 12.0% 14.7% 0.046 12.8% < 0.001
 TCM 67.6% 77.4% < 0.001 69.2% 55.0% 58.6% 0.069 56.4% < 0.001
 Combination of WM & TCM 23.5% 11.3% < 0.001 21.3% 32.4% 26.8% 0.002 30.5% < 0.001
 Not known 0.5% 0.4% 0.6% 0.4% 0.665
Type of institutions for medicines
 Primary stationb 43.9% 39.8% 0.051 42.8% 8.2% 2.2% < 0.001 6.0% < 0.001
 Primary centerb 23.3% 25.0% 0.369 23.0% 7.2% 2.9% < 0.001 5.5% < 0.001
 Secondary & tertiary 20.7% 16.7% 0.018 19.9% 4.6% 6.0% 0.109 5.2% < 0.001
 Private practice 0.3% 1.9% < 0.001 1.1% 3.2% 3.8% 0.408 3.5% < 0.001
 Pharmacy 11.7% 16.7% 0.001 13.3% 74.8% 83.9% < 0.001 78.1% < 0.001
Knowing dosage 98.3% 97.2% 0.071 98.3% 98.9% 98.0% 0.101 98.6% 0.396
Following doctor’s instruction 96.4% 96.3% 0.892 96.1% 97.7% 97.5% 0.816 97.7% 0.001
Perception of whether medicines need was met
 Met 84.3% 91.2% < 0.001 85.6% 96.3% 97.1% 0.366 96.6% < 0.001
 Partly met 12.0% 7.9% 0.002 11.4% 3.3% 2.6% 0.357 3.0% < 0.001
 Can’t be met 3.2% 0.9% 0.001 2.8% 0.2% 0.1% < 0.001
 Not known 0.5% 0.4% 0.2% 0.3% 0.648 0.2% 0.133
  1. a Total population included patients with all types of insurances, thus the number of patients in total population were larger than the sum of patient numbers from UEBMI and URBMI
  2. b Primary health care station: non-profit primary medical and public health service institution that serves for one community, affiliated to primary health care center; Primary health care center: non-profit primary medical and public health service institution that usually serves for one sub-district
  3. TCM traditional Chinese medicine, UEBMI Urban employee basic medical insurance, URBMI Urban resident basic medical insurance, WM western medicine