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Table 1 Definition of Variables

From: The impact of socioeconomic factors on the healthcare costs of people living with HIV in Turkey

VARIABLEDEFINITION
EXPENDITURESTotal annual healthcare expenditures for 2017 (nominal $).
GENDERGender of the patient. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient is Female.
AGEAge of the patient. Three categories: 1 (19–39), 2 (40–54), 3 (> = 55).
WEALTHWelfare status of the patient (measured by minimum wage, including non-wage income, family support, transfer payments, etc.). Three categories: 1 (lower than minimum wage), 2 (higher than minimum wage), 3 (higher than double minimum wage).
EDUCATIONEducation level of the patient. Two categories: 1 (Middle school or less), 2 (High school and university).
EMPLOYMENTEmployment status. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient is employed, 0 otherwise.
MARITAL STATUSMarital status. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient is married.
CHILDParental status. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient has at least 1 child.
SMOKESmoking status. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient is a smoker.
ALCOHOLAlcohol use. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient drinks alcohol.
DRUG ADDICTIONDrug addiction status. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient is addicted to drugs.
PSYCH DRUGPsychiatric drug use. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient is taking psychiatric drugs.
SEX ORIENTATIONSex orientation. Dummy variable = 1 if patient is heterosexual, 0 if identifies as LGBT.
CD4CD4 T-cell count. Three categories: 1 (<  200 cells/mm3), 2 (200–499 cells/mm3), 3 (≥ 500 cells/mm3).
TIMEDIAGDuration of treatment. Dummy variable = 1 if the patient was diagnosed ≥10 years ago, 0 otherwise.