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Table 2 Characteristics of the patient sample versus the general practice patient population in Australia in 2001.

From: The contribution of demographic and morbidity factors to self-reported visit frequency of patients: a cross-sectional study of general practice patients in Australia

  Sample n (%) Australian population of general practice patients(a) %
Female patient 6,404 (59.5) 53.4
Age group   
<15 years 1,360 (12.7) 19.9
15–24 1,005 (9.4) 13.1
25–44 2,875 (26.9) 29.7
45–64 2,677 (25.0) 23.8
65–74 1,274 (11.9) 7.6
75+ 1,514 (14.1) 5.9
Address in "highly accessible" location 8,702 (83.3) Not available
Speaks language other than English at home. 890 (8.3) Not available
Holds concession health care card 4,448 (41.4) Not available
  1. (a) Defined as persons who claimed at least one general practice (A1) Medicare item in 2001 (Medicare Benefits Schedule unpublished data, Australian Department of Health and Ageing)
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