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Table 1 Characteristics of patient samples before and after intervention (%)

From: Impact of an innovative financing and payment model on tuberculosis patients’ financial burden: is tuberculosis care more affordable for the poor?

  Before intervention (n = 738) After intervention (n = 735) P-value1
Gender
 Male 555 (75.2%) 532 (72.4%) 0.218
Age
  < 30 45 (6.1%) 58 (7.9%) 0.065
 30–59 352 (47.7%) 309 (42.0%)
  ≥ 60 341 (46.2%) 468 (50.1%)
Marital status
 Married 595 (80.6%) 575 (78.3%) 0.278
Patient category
 new patient 594 (81.4%) 602 (81.9%) 0.791
Education level
 None 140 (19.0%) 166 (22.7%) 0.119
 Primary school 242 (32.8%) 247 (33.7%)
 Secondary school 262 (33.5%) 221 (31.1%)
  ≥ high school 94 (12.7%) 99 (12.5%)
Insurance type
 UEBMI 45 (6.1%) 69 (9.4%)  
 resident insurance 21 (2.8%) 45 (5.9%)  
 NCMS 648 (87.8%) 598 (81.6%) 0.000
 other insurance 16 (2.2%) 5 (0.7%)  
 no insurance 8 (1.1%) 18 (2.5%)  
Employment
 Employed 403 (54.6%) 369 (50.2%) 0.0912
 Unemployed 40 (5.4%) 55 (7.5%)  
 Retired 252 (34.2%) 86 (11.7%)  
 lost ability 35 (4.7%) 91 (12.4%)  
 other 8 (1.1%) 134 (18.2%)  
Income groupa
  <  4369 RMB 243 (33.2%) 240 (33.5%) 0.970
 4369–12 647 RMB 314 (42.9%) 303 (42.3%)
  >  12 647 RMB 175 (23.9%) 174 (23.2%)
  1. UEBMI Urban Employee Basic Medical Insurance, NCMS New Cooperative Medical Schemes
  2. 1 P-value for chi-square test. 2 P-value for comparison employed vs unemployed
  3. aThe numbers in the three categories do not add up to total due to missing data