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Table 2 Choice of care among individuals seeking care by insurance status, demographic and socio-economic characteristics and type of illness

From: Malaria care seeking behavior of individuals in Ghana under the NHIS: Are we back to the use of informal care?

Variable Regional/District hospital (%) Private hospital/clinic (%) Public health centre/clinic (%) Informal care (%) P-value*
  N = 85 (24) N = 41 (12) N = 124 (35) N = 102(29)  
Insurance status      
Insured 32 14 38 16 P = 0.000
Uninsured 13 8 31 48  
Wealth quintiles      
First (poor) 16 14 39 31 P = 0.141
Second 13 11 37 39  
Third 27 10 37 26  
Fourth 21 13 34 33  
Fifth (non poor) 36 12 32 20  
Sex      
Male 26 10 33 31 P = 0.667
Female 23 13 37 27  
Age      
<18 22 10 37 31 P = 0.314
18-69 31 14 32 23  
70+ 24 12 35 29  
Education      
No education 20 16 29 35 P = 0.018
Some primary 29 8 39 24  
Middle/JSS** 35 10 40 15  
Secondary & above 14 0 38 48  
Residence      
Urban 30 11 34 25 P = 0.026
Rural 16 12 38 34  
  1. *Chi-square test.
  2. **Juniour Secondary School.
  3. Source: Household data January to April, 2011.