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Research Article

Rural-Urban Differences in Health Care Expenditures: Empirical Data from US Households

Table 2

Weighted description of personal characteristics by residence, MEPS 2010.

Weighted percentage Urban
( = 19,561)
Rural
( = 3,211)
value

Predisposing
 Age
  18–4449.043.00.0003
  45–6434.836.7
  65 and older16.220.3
 Gender (% of women)51.551.90.6206
 Race/ethnicity
  Others7.33.3<0.0001
  Hispanic15.46.4
  Non-Hispanic black12.27.6
  Non-Hispanic white65.182.6
 Education level
  Lower than high school16.522.8<0.0001
  Equal to high school53.358.0
  Higher than high school30.219.2
Enabling
 Poverty
  Poor or near poor 16.520.4<0.0001
  Low income 13.015.3
  Middle income 29.534.5
  High income 41.029.8
 Health insurance status
  Any private insurance68.063.90.0039
  Only public insurance16.621.0
  Uninsured15.415.1
Care needs
 Perceived physical health status
  Very good or excellent 59.153.20.0001
  Good 27.029.1
  Poor or fair13.917.7
 Perceived mental health status
  Very good or excellent 70.065.00.0023
  Good 22.926.6
  Poor or fair7.18.3
 Any limitation on functions (% of having any limitation)25.333.3<0.0001
 Number of chronic diseases
  No chronic disease35.730.3<0.0001
  1 chronic disease21.919.3
  2 and more chronic diseases42.450.4

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