Table 10

Number and percentage distribution of visits to Western Medicine by major disease category from 1996–2001 in Taiwan.

Major disease category

ICD-9-CM code range

Visits

%


Diseases of the respiratory system

460–519

1,347,671

45.9%

Diseases of the digestive system

520–579

324,820

11.1%

Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs

320–389

297,257

10.1%

Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue

710–739

251,625

8.6%

Diseases of the circulatory system

390–459

228,051

7.8%

Diseases of the genitourinary system

580–629

210,842

7.2%

Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue

680–709

198,619

6.8%

Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions

780–799

148,989

5.1%

Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases and immunological disorders

240–279

138,771

4.7%

Injury and poisoning

800–999

97,843

3.3%

Total visits

2,935,480

100.0%


Data were obtained by 1:500 sampling from National Health Insurance files in Taiwan (see text for detail). All diagnoses at each claim were taken into consideration.

Chen et al. BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:26   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-7-26

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