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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of medical travelers by destination, N = 120

From: Understanding medical travel from a source country perspective: a cross sectional study of the experiences of medical travelers from the Maldives

  India Sri Lanka Total P value
Total 80 39 120  
Gender     0.94
Female 41 (51.2) 21 (53.8) 62 (52.1)  
Male 39 (48.8) 18 (46.2) 57 (47.9)  
Age group     0.06
Children < 9 yrs 13 (16.2) 9 (23.1) 22 (18.5)  
Adolescents 10-19 yrs 6 (7.5) 1 (2.6) 7 (5.9)  
Youth 20-29 yrs 11 (13.8) 0 (0) 11 (9.2)  
Adult 30-59 yrs 41 (51.2) 25 (64.1) 66 (55.5)  
Elderly > 60 yrs 9 (11.2) 4 (10.3) 13 (10.9)  
Region of residence     0.45
Haadhaal Atoll 22 (27.5) 8 (20.5) 30 (25.2)  
Kaafu Atoll 29 (36.2) 20 (51.3) 49 (41.2)  
Seenu Atoll 19 (23.8) 8 (20.5) 27 (22.7)  
Gnaviyani Atoll 10 (12.5) 3 (7.7) 13 (10.9)  
Occupation     0.95
Civil servant 19 (23.8) 11 (28.2) 30 (25.2)  
Private sector 6 (7.5) 3 (7.7) 9 (7.6)  
Own business 15 (18.8) 8 (20.5) 23 (19.3)  
Not employed 24 (30) 9 (23.1) 33 (27.7)  
Other 16 (20) 8 (20.5) 24 (20.2)  
Financial protection for overseas treatment    1
Government and Private 37 (46.2) 18 (46.2) 55 (46.2)  
Private finance 43 (53.8) 21 (53.8) 64 (53.8)  
Monthly household income     0.46
$61–$1305 38 (47.5) 15 (38.5) 53 (44.5)  
> = $1306 42 (52.5) 24 (61.5) 66 (55.5)  
Length of stay     0.06
<=1 week 21 (26.2) 5 (12.8) 26 (21.8)  
2 weeks 26 (32.5) 21 (53.8) 47 (39.5)  
3 weeks 19 (23.8) 4 (10.3) 23 (19.3)  
1 month 4 (5) 1 (2.6) 5 (4.2)  
> 1 month 10 (12.5) 8 (20.5) 18 (15.1)  
Motivation for travel     0.72
quality of care 15 (18.8) 8 (20.5) 23 (19.3)  
unavailability of service 45 (56.2) 21 (53.8) 66 (55.5)  
continuity of care 4 (5) 1 (2.6) 5 (4.2)  
better prices 0 (0) 1 (2.6) 1 (0.8)  
long waiting time 5 (6.2) 1 (2.6) 6 (5)  
other 11 (13.8) 7 (17.9) 18 (15.1)  
Medical cost ($)     0.89
median(IQR) 670.4 (335.2,1910.7) 694.6 (272.2,1467.6) 682.5 (335.2,1877.2)  
Non-medical cost ($)     0.18
median(IQR) 2449.8 (2105.2,3336.4) 2695.1 (2172.9,4597.2) 2545 (2112.5,3798.7)