Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Factors affecting catastrophic health expenditure and impoverishment from medical expenses in China: policy implications of universal health insurance

Ye Li, Qunhong Wu, Ling Xu, David Legge, Yanhua Hao, Lijun Gao, Ning Ning & Gang Wan

Volume 90, Number 9, September 2012, 664-671

Table 3. Percentage of poor households and of households impoverished by medical expenses, by household location and expenditure quintile, China, 2008

Characteristic Poor Impoverished
Location
Urban 3.1 3.3
Rural 24.6 9.3
Eastern province 11.3 5.5
Middle province 17.4 7.9
Western province 25.2 9.0
Expenditure quintilea
1 86.0 10.6
2 0 19.1
3 0 4.2
4 0 2.2
5 0 1.6
Total 18.2 7.5

a Quintile 1 is the poorest and quintile 5 the wealthiest.