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Table 2 Sociodemographic characteristics and hospital admission (IPD)a

From: The impact of National Health Insurance upon accessibility of health services and financial protection from catastrophic health expenditure: a case study of Savannakhet province, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Sociodemographic of respondents/householdsHospital admission (IPD)Pearson χ2
NoYesTotalP value
Gender of respondents
 Male131 (55.5%)59 (55.7%)190 (55.6%)0.979
 Female105 (44.5%)47 (44.3%)152 (44.4%) 
Marital status
 Single52 (22%)30 (28.3%)82 (24%)0.209
 Married184 (78%)76 (71.7%)260 (76%) 
Age
 18–3562 (26.3%)21 (19.8%)83 (24.3%)0.431
 36–4974 (31.4%)37 (34.9%)111 (32.5%) 
 50 or above100 (42.4%)48 (45.3%)148 (43.3%) 
Level of education
 Never attended school58 (24.6%)25 (23.6%)83 (24.3%)0.959
 Primary school86 (36.4%)38 (35.8%)124 (36.3%) 
 Lower secondary school or higher92 (39%)43 (40.6%)135 (39.5%) 
Size of household
 1–4 people (small)119 (50.4%)54 (50.9%)173 (50.6%)0.929
 5 people or more (large)117 (49.6%)52 (49.1%)169 (49.4%) 
Level of income
 Less than 1 million LAK (US$120)80 (33.9%)30 (28.3%)110 (32.2%)0.563
 1 million (US$120) to 2.5 million (US$300)67 (28.4%)31 (29.2%)98 (28.7%) 
 2.5 million (US$300) or more89 (37.7%)45 (42.5%)134 (39.2%) 
Chronic condition
 No206 (87.3%)49 (46.2%)255 (74.6%)0.000b
 Yes30 (12.7%)57 (53.8%)87 (25.4%) 
Occupation
 Casual worker73 (30.9%)30 (28.3%)103 (30.1%)0.064
 Farmer66 (28%)20 (18.9%)86 (25.1%) 
 Street vendor45 (19.1%)33 (31.1%)78 (22.8%) 
 Labourer52 (22%)23 (21.7%)75 (21.9%) 
  1. IPD inpatient department
  2. aBased on the 2018 data collection in Kaysone Phomvihane district and Champhone district of Savannakhet province
  3. bStatistically significant at 95% confidence interval