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Table 1 Sociodemographic and health characteristics of the analytical sample in 2013, and health costs in 2013–2015, according to sociodemographic and health characteristics (N = 6953)

From: Twelve year trajectories of physical activity and health costs in mid-age Australian women

Characteristics    Health Costs 2013–2015 (AUD)a
N % MBSb
Median (25th -75th)
PBSc
Median (25th -75th)
Area of residence
 Urban 2694 39.3 4275 (2089–7816) 1156 (303–2647)
 Rural 3927 57.3 3645 (1849–6624) 1330 (360–2991)
 Remote 233 3.4 2169 (208–5244) 883 (0–2358)
Education
No f ormal education 743 11.5 3833 (1942–6775) 1744 (585–3498)
 School certificate 3052 47.2 3816 (1930–7016) 1391 (400–3067)
 Higher school certificate 2666 41.2 3582 (1747–6791) 905 (185–2321)
Marital status
 Married/de facto 5245 75.8 3802 (1877–7028) 1217 (309–2730)
 Separated/divorced/widowed 1497 21.6 3762 (1778–6871) 1358 (328–3225)
 Never married 177 2.5 4189 (2151–8174) 1313 (294–3089)
Health care cards
 Yes 3302 47.6 4076 (2029–7409) 1788 (294–3089)
 No 3626 52.3 3579 (1714–6665) 828 (172–2093)
Body mass index
 Underweight / Normal 2438 36.2 3463 (1655–6453) 711 (135–1906)
 Overweight 2292 34.1 3692 (1783–6757) 1254 (321–2616)
 Obese 1992 29.6 4437 (2235–7975) 2096 (871–4090)
Smoking status
 Never-smoked 4374 63.1 3801 (1871–7015) 1155 (284–2621)
 Ex-smoker 2125 30.6 3891 (1946–7132) 1353 (370–3104)
 Smoker 431 6.2 3315 (1361–6276) 1649 (429–4041)
Alcohol
 Low risk drinker 3849 55.7 3626 (1794–6834) 1011 (242–2329)
 Non-drinker 1084 15.7 4064 (1951–7562) 1781 (457–3979)
 Rarely drinks 1560 22.6 4080 (1968–7562) 1532 (429–3390)
 Risky/high risk drinker 411 5.9 3544 (1601–6428) 1346 (461–2879)
Self-reported health
 Excellent/very good 3342 48.1 2946 (1440–5519 668 (125–1698)
 Good 2707 39.0 4273 (2236–7537) 1690 (623–3381)
 Fair/poor 891 12.8 6530 (3540–10,988) 3812 (1658–7125)
Number of chronic health conditions
 0 1301 19.6 2076 (967–4011) 214 (33–813)
 1–2 3671 55.3 3590 (1868–6430) 1137 (352–2272)
  ≥ 3 1663 25.0 5931 (3331–9964) 3015 (1530–5582)
  1. aAUD = Total health costs over three years in Australian Dollars (2013–2015);
  2. b MBS = Medical Benefits Scheme;
  3. c PBS = Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme