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Table 4 Medical expenditure on TB treatment (in Chinese yuan) incurred by patients receiving only outpatient care, by county 2012

From: Implementing a “free” tuberculosis (TB) care policy under the integrated model in Jiangsu, China: practices and costs in the real world

  DT (n = 14) YZ (n = 49) JR (n = 93) Total (n = 106)
Expenditure per outpatient visit 233.8 155.9 137.4 150.6
Total expenditure per patienta 684.7 1,139.3 1,277.7 1,135.4
- Lab tests 266.6 253.7 361.8 299.3
(as a % of the total expenditure) 38.9 % 22.3 % 28.3 % 26.4 %
- Image examination 256.2 395.7 51.9 237.8
(as a % of the total expenditure) 37.4 % 34.7 % 4.1 % 20.9 %
- Non-free TB drugs 20.7 95.5 47.9 66.3
(as a % of the total expenditure) 3.0 % 8.4 % 3.8 % 5.8 %
- Liver protection drugs 87.8 288.2 452.3 328.3
(as a % of the total expenditure) 12.8 % 25.3 % 35.4 % 28.9 %
- Other 53.4 106.2 363.8 203.8
(as a % of the total expenditure) 7.8 % 9.3 % 28.5 % 18.0 %
  1. Data source: Patient surveys and hospital records
  2. aANOVA for total expenditure per patient between the three counties, p < 0.0001, significant difference observed between DT county and JR county