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Table 4 Expenditures for outpatient services for liver cancer patients (NT$) during the period 1996-2007

From: Utilization pattern of traditional Chinese medicine for liver cancer patients in Taiwan

  Biomedicine (N = 53999777) TCM (N = 20253460)   Biomedicine/ TCM Ratio
Characteristic Total Percentage (95% CI) Average (95% CI) Total Percentage (95% CI) Average (95% CI) t value Total Average
Medical expenses for all outpatient visits
Fees for consultation, treatment, andmedical supply 23,205,324,170 43.8 (43.8-43.8) 429.73 (429.71-429.75) 6,115,161,733.80 40.02 (40.02-40.02) 301.93 (301.90-301.96) 226.64* 3.79 1.42
Diagnosis fee 11,725,511,578 22.13 (22.13-22.13) 217.14 (217.14-217.14) 4,425,149,296 28.96 (28.96-28.96) 218.49 (218.49-218.49) −59.07* 2.65 0.99
Drug fee 18,043,485,487 34.06 (34.06-34.06) 334.14 (334.13-334.15) 4,738,494,125 31.01 (31.01-31.01) 233.96 (233.95-233.97) 388.04* 3.81 1.43
Total amount 52,974,321,235 100 981.01 (980.98-981.04) 15,278,805,154.80 100 754.38 (754.35-754.41) 365.10* 3.47 1.30
  Biomedicine (N = 635705) TCM (N = 227894)   Biomedicine/ TCM Ratio
Characteristic Total Percentage (95% CI) Average (95% CI) Total Percentage (95% CI) Average (95% CI) t value Total Average
Medical expenses for outpatient visits specifically for liver cancer
Fees for consultation,treatment, andmedical supply 470,152,992 50.75 (50.75-50.75) 739.58 (739.32-739.84) 115449,750 46.87 (46.86-46.87) 506.59 (506.22-506.96) 29.19* 4.07 1.46
Diagnosis fee 137,611,256 14.85 (14.85-14.85) 216.47 (216.46-216.48) 50,252,360 20.40 (20.39-20.40) 220.51 (220.5-220.52) −16.35* 2.74 0.98
Drug fee 318,652,124 34.40 (34.40-34.40) 501.26 (501.13-501.39) 80,595,549 32.72 (32.71-32.72) 353.65 (353.44-353.86) 33.91* 3.95 1.42
Total amount 926,416,372 100 1457.31 (1457.02-1457.60) 246,297,659 100 1080.76 (1080.33-1081.19) 40.99* 3.76 1.35
  1. TCM: traditional Chinese medicine; *:p < 0.001; CI: confidence interval.