Table 2

Participant characteristics associated with economic status

Characteristics

Patients (n = 52)

Carers (n = 14)


Work Status

Full-time or part-time employed

2 (3.8%)

2 (14.2%)

Self-employed

2 (3.8%)

0

Partially retired

1 (1.9%)

0

Completely retired pensioner

40 (76.9%)

7 (50%)

Disabled/sickness pension

6 (11.5%)

0

Looking after home/family

1 (1.9%)

5 (35.7%)


Government Financial Benefits (multiple responses)

Disability Support Pension

10 (9.7%)

0

Mobility Allowance

1 (0.9%)

0

Health Care Card

12 (11.7%)

2 (7.4%)

Pensioner Concession Card

28 (27.2%)

6 (22.2%)

Unemployment Benefit

1 (0.9%)

0

Aged Pension

25 (24.3%)

6 (22.2%)

Sickness Allowance

1 (0.9%)

1 (3.7%)

Veteran's Affairs Disability Pension

3 (2.9%)

0

Commonwealth Seniors Card

18 (17.4%)

3 (11.1%)

None

4 (3.9%)

4 (14.8%)

Other (unable to describe)

0

5 (18.5%)


αExperiencing financial difficulties (Yes)

31 (60%)

11 (79%)


α Whether or not participants perceived to have financial difficulties, or were under any financial pressure due to the costs associated with the chronic illness

Jeon et al. BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:182   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-182

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