Table 3

Participant characteristics and affordability issues

Characteristics

(No of participants)

αAffordability of treatment

(n = 28)

βAffordability of other things

(n = 29)

*Any-affordability

(n = 42)

#Both-affordability

(n = 15)


ACT (32)

17

13

22

8


Sydney West (34)

11

16

20

7


Indigenous Australians (7)

4

4

5

3


§CALD (14)

4

5

7

2


ΔCHF (24)

9

15

16

8


ΔCOPD (23)

10

11

17

4


ΔDiabetes (35)

14

14

21

7


Co-morbidity (49)

16

22

28

10


Female (37)

16

15

23

8


Male (29)

12

14

19

7


ΦOn Medication (58)

26

28

39

15


Not in paid employment^ (59)

25

26

38

13


α Affordability of treatment included individuals' capacity to pay for medications, health check-ups, appointment with health professionals, other medical care expenses, etc.

β Affordability of other things included individuals' capacity to pay for basic living expenses, healthy food, exercise and gym memberships, social activities and transport, etc.

* Participants who responded either in terms of affordability of 'treatment' or 'other things'

# Participants who responded both in terms of affordability of 'treatment' and 'other things'

§ Culturally & Linguistically Diverse background

Δ Some participants have more than one index condition; the total is larger than the total sample size

Φ Patients currently on medication for their chronic condition

^ Participants who were not in any form of paid employment at the time of the interview

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

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