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Table 1 Private health insurance cover and estimated rebate payments for residents of capital cities and rest of State/Territory1, by socioeconomic status, June 2001

From: The geographic distribution of private health insurance in Australia in 2001

Decile Estimated population with private health insurance cover in Quintile Estimated2 rebate ($m) received by people in
  Capital cities Rest of State Aust   Capital cities Rest State Aust
Highest SES areas 70.8 45.9 68.7 Highest SES areas 679 73 749
2 62.8 44.6 58.2     
3 55.5 45.9 52.0 2 539 163 701
4 52.1 44.8 47.2     
5 48.5 40.6 44.5 3 373 242 615
6 44.0 41.9 43.7     
7 42.3 41.6 41.0 4 231 291 525
8 40.7 37.0 40.3     
9 36.3 38.0 36.4 Lowest SES areas 177 231 410
Lowest SES areas 28.5 27.3 28.1     
Total 48.1 40.8 46.0   2000 1000 3000
Rate ratio 3 2.48 1.68 2.45   3.84 0.32 1.83
   Lower 95% C.I.4 2.47 1.68 2.44   3.35 0.25 1.55
   Upper 95% C.I.4 2.49 1.69 2.46   4.40 0.40 1.88
  1. 1Based on postcode of address of contributor
  2. 2Estimate based on a total rebate amount of $3 billion: allocation to SES areas based on expenditure on private health insurance (incl. accident insurance), by quintiles of socioeconomic status of area, using the ABS Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage, 2001
  3. 3Rate ratio is the ratio of value in Highest SES areas to value in Lowest SES areas
  4. 4Calculation of 95% confidence intervals (C.I.) based on the comparison of proportions (Berry & Simpson, 1998)
  5. Source: Private health insurance estimates based on data provided by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee (see references). Estimated rebate based on expenditure data purchased from ABS from the Household Expenditure Survey 2003–04