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Table 2 Days from being diagnosed with cancer to dying and total cancer costs (N = 792)

From: Geographical disparities in treatment and health care costs for end-of-life cancer patients in China: a retrospective study

Characteristics Urban (N = 195) Rural (N = 597) P - value Western (N = 162) Central (N = 242) Eastern (N = 388) P - value
N (%) Mean (SD) N (%) Mean (SD)   N (%) Mean (SD) N (%) Mean (SD) N (%) Mean (SD)  
Days from being diagnosed with cancer to dying   549 (799)   448 (487) 0.02   576 (696)   451 (536)   444 (550) 0.00
 ≤3 months 35 (17.95)   96 (16.08)    30 (18.52)   43 (17.77)   58 (14.95)   
 3 months–6 months 33 (16.92)   123 (20.60)    35 (21.60)   58 (23.97)   63 (16.24)   
 6 months-1 year 57 (29.23)   157 (26.30)    29 (17.90)   54 (22.31)   131 (33.76)   
 1 year-2 years 40 (20.51)   137 (22.95)    37 (22.84)   50 (20.66)   90 (23.20)   
 ≥ 2 years 30 (15.38)   84 (14.07)    31 (19.14)   37 (15.29)   46 (11.86)   
Per capita expenditures, US$   32,671 (45,576)   15,541 (15,955) 0.00   19,791 (18,132)   16,579 (20,423)   21,703 (33,747) 0.03
 Including:out-of-pocket expenses   17,051 (23,731)   9405 (10,623) 0.00   8979 (11,036)   10,940 (15,516)   12,483 (16,579) 0.05
 Reimbursements   15,620 (29,698)   6136 (8202) 0.00   10,812 (12,365)   5639 (8642)   9220 (21,479) 0.00
  1. US$ Based on a currency exchange rate of the 6.6423 yuan to US$1.00 in 2016.Median and inter-quartile range cost date are available form the authors