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Table 4 Healthcare utilisation (sub group) before and after dropping private health cover

From: Selection of private or public hospital care: examining the care-seeking behaviour of patients with private health insurance

Healthcare utilisationObsMean
2009
Mean
2013
p- value
Self-assessed health
(1 = excellent; 2 = very good; 3 = good;
4 = fair; 5 = poor)
1932.39 (0.07)2.62 (0.08)0.034
Satisfaction - Your health
(0 = totally dissatisfied; 5 = indifferent;
10 = totally satisfied)
1927.52 (0.12)7.21 (0.13)0.086
Household annual expenditure - Fees paid to health practitioners193880.9 (95)679.9 (111)0.171
Household annual expenditure - Medicines, prescriptions, pharmaceuticals193400.6 (33.8)361.9 (36)0.436
For most recent doctor visit - any out of pocket expenses for consultation
(1 = yes; 2 = no)
1601.53 (0.04)1.69 (0.04)0.002
Number of doctor visits1924.6 (0.44)5.25 (0.61)0.390
Number of hospital admissions1920.11 (0.03)0.19 (0.04)0.110
Number of nights in hospital1920.34 (0.11)0.79 (0.21)0.063
Number of times have you seen your family doctor or GP in the last 12 months1605.36 (0.5)6.30 (0.7)0.273
Seen during last 12 months - A hospital doctor (i.e., in outpatients or casualty)
(0 = no; 1 = yes)
1260.27 (0.04)0.31 (0.04)0.465
Seen during last 12 months - A specialist doctor (excluding in outpatients or casualty of a hospital) (0 = no; 1 = yes)1260.42 (0.04)0.37 (0.04)0.473
Seen during last 12 months - A mental health professional (0 = no; 1 = yes)1260.10 (0.03)0.19 (0.03)0.048
During the last 12 months, have you ever been a patient in a hospital overnight?
(1 = yes; 2 = no)
1921.91 (0.02)1.85 (0.03)0.081
Had check-up or test in last 12 months - Breast screening (0 = no; 1 = yes)1370.20 (0.04)0.09 (0.03)0.016
Had check-up or test in last 12 months - Prostate check (0 = no; 1 = yes)1370.09 (0.02)0.07 (0.02)0.656
Had check-up or test in last 12 months - for bowel cancer (0 = no; 1 = yes)1370.06 (0.02)0.12 (0.03)0.099
Had check-up or test in last 12 months - Cholesterol test (0 = no; 1 = yes)1370.37 (0.04)0.44 (0.04)0.000
Had check-up or test in last 12 months - Blood pressure (0 = no; 1 = yes)1370.62 (0.04)0.67 (0.04)0.082
  1. Obs = number of observations. Standard errors in parenthesis