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Table 1 Characteristics of the four clinics and cataract surgery

From: Variation of cataract surgery costs in four different graded providers of China

Clinic ZOC UH FHJ JCH
Inhabitants in catchment area for cataract surgery 96,380,000 57,200,000 6,450,000 640,000
Number of cataract surgeries in 2009 13,348 866 510 353
Number of cataract surgeries during study month (November 2009) 1,102 82 46 28
Number of patients 1,038 78 45 28
Median age of patients(y) 71 66 69 67
Male (%) 47% 43% 52% 54%
Number of patients from rural region 126(12%) 5(6%) 5(11%) 12(43%)
Percentage of phaco-procedures during study month 99% 99% 98% 100%
Average length of stay (days) 1 8 9 1
Proportion of cases with foldable lens 100% 99% 0% 7%
Number of patients with reimbursement 766(74%) 28(36%) 30(67%) 20(71%)
Mean reimbursement ratio 71% 50% 45% 48%
Number of cataract surgeons in 2009 17 4 2 0