Table 1

Number of respondents reporting illness and their treatment choices, by year
Indicators 1993 1998 2003 2008
Total respondents 215,163 216,101 193,689 177,501
Respondents reporting illness 29565 31244 26602 31154
Urban:
 2-week prevalence (%) 17.5 18.7 15.3 22.2
 Doing nothing (%) 9.6 6.2 9.7 6.4
 Using self-treatment (%) 31.2 43.5 47.2 31.0
 Using self-treatment and professional medical service (%) 0.3 4.7 9.7 32.6a
 Seeking professional medical service (%) 58.9 45.6 33.3 30.1
Rural:
 2-week prevalence (%) 12.8 13.7 14.0 17.7
 Doing nothing (%) 18.3 11.5 14.4 12.5
 Using self-treatment (%) 14.9 21.4 31.4 25.3
 Using self-treatment and professional medical service (%) 0.3 3.6 8.2 19.1a
 Seeking professional medical service (%) 66.4 63.5 46.0 43.1

Source: Author’s calculations from the four CNHS and the China Health Statistics Yearbook.

a Patients who had already seen a doctor 2 weeks ago, but continued to treatment.

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