Table 1

Characteristics of patients in the target population who sought a second opinion via health fund vs supplementary insurance (n=143 371)

CharacteristicsHealth fundSupplementary insuranceP value
n=112 400 (%)n=30 971 (%)
Age group (years)
 18–3928 330 (25.2)6679 (21.6)<0.001
 40–5933 346 (29.7)5435 (17.5)
 60+50 724 (45.1)18 857 (60.9)
Gender
 Male47 496 (42.3)14 344 (46.3)<0.001
 Female64 904 (57.7)16 627 (53.7)
Immigration
 Immigrants9874 (8.8)2013 (6.5)<0.001
 Native-born and established immigrants102 526 (91.2)28 958 (93.5)
Socioeconomic level
 Low27 014 (24.0)4025 (13.0)<0.001
 Middle65 734 (58.5)18 395 (59.4)
 High19 652 (17.5)8551 (27.6)
Periphery level
 Periphery of country44 934 (40.0)10 261 (33.1)<0.001
 Centre of country67 466 (60.0)20 710 (66.9)
Charlson Comorbidity Score
 048 515 (43.2)12 305 (39.7)<0.001
 1–243 931 (39.1)12 583 (40.6)
 3–413 386 (11.9)4168 (13.5)
 5–256568 (5.8)1915 (6.2)
Total112 40030 971
  • *Percentages are calculated as valid % per each variable in the column (ie, each variable in the column sums up to 100%, without missing values).