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Table 3 Effects of the NRCMS on Medical Impoverishment

From: Effects of China’s New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme on reducing medical impoverishment in rural Yanbian: An alternative approach

Indicator Before reimbursement After reimbursement Difference Percentage change
New method
 Number of households in poverty 134 101 –33 –24.6 %
 Percentage of households in poverty, % 6.7 5.1 –1.6 –23.9 %
 Relative gap 82.0 51.4 –30.6 –37.3 %
 Average gap 5.4 3.3 –2.1 –38.9 %
WB approach
 Number of households in poverty 253 219 –34 –13.4 %
 Percentage of households in poverty, % 12.7 11.0 –1.7 –13.4 %
 Relative gap 54.5 43.3 –11.2 –20.6 %
 Average gap 6.9 5.5 –1.4 –20.3 %