Table 2: Patients clinical and socioeconomic profile.

Items Study group (n=58)Control group (n=52)p value

Mean Age (in years)31.66±10.1537.60±13.510.010
Sex (M:F)1:4.31:2.30.151
Financial status
(i) Low income3 (5.17%)00.001
(ii) Middle income49 (84.48%)31 (59.62%)
(iii) High income6 (10.34%)21 (40.38%)
Mode of payment
(i) Self53 (91.38%)40 (76.92%)0.036
(ii) Insurance5 (8.72%)12 (23.08%)
Mean Distance (in Km)210.59±157.52231.58±201.040.541
Thyroid volume (in ml)23.79±17.6926.02±18.920.528
ASA grade
I47 (81.03%)40 (76.92%)0.597
II11(18.97)12 (23.08%)

Based on OECD working paper (http://www.oecd.org/dev/44457738.pdf).