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Table 6 Borrowing to meet EOL health care costs (N = 260)

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

Characteristics Amounts (US$) P- value Repayment (years) P- value
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Urban-rural location   0.11   0.86
 Urban (N = 27) 10,962 ± 15,104   2.43 ± 2.39  
 Rural (N = 233) 7996 ± 9425   3.23 ± 3.72  
Types of cancer treatment   0.00   0.26
Life-extending treatment (N = 138) 10,808 ± 12,248   3.36 ± 3.97  
Conservative treatment (N = 122) 5201 ± 5584   2.83 ± 2.97  
Days from being diagnosed with cancer to dying 5549 ± 6033 0.00   0.00
 ≤3 months(N = 25)    2.50 ± 2.31  
 3 months–6 months(N = 51) 4499 ± 4773   2.62 ± 2.71  
 6 months-1 year(N = 58) 5130 ± 5306   2.70 ± 2.46  
 1 year-2 years(N = 74) 7892 ± 8805   2.37 ± 2.05  
 ≥ 2 years(N = 52) 7474 ± 8201   5.43 ± 5.93  
Regions 14,638 ± 15,576 0.01   0.00
 Western N = 53) 10,962 ± 15,104   2.34 ± 2.48  
 Central (N = 106) 7996 ± 9425   4.81 ± 4.71  
 Eastern (N = 101)    2.17 ± 2.08  
  1. US$ Based on a currency exchange rate of the 6.6423 yuan to US$1.00 in 2016
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