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Table 1 Summary of the survey sites and hospitals in 13 provinces/municipalities in China

From: Medical expenditure for esophageal cancer in China: a 10-year multicenter retrospective survey (2002–2011)

Province/municipality General information of the province/municipality Specific information on survey sites and involved hospitals
Population size in 2011a (×10,000) GDP per capita in 2011a (CNY) No. of cities involved No. of hospitals involved No. (level) of general hospitals involvedb No. (level) of specialized hospitals involvedb
Eastern region
 Beijing 2019 81,658 1 (Beijing) 5 3 (3A for 2, 3A less for 1) 2 (3A for both)
 Hebei 7241 33,969 1 (Tangshan) 2 2 (3A for both) 0
 Liaoning 4383 50,760 2 (Shenyang, Tieling) 2 1 (3A) 1 (3A)
 Jiangsu 7899 62,290 2 (Nantong, Xuzhou) 3 1 (3A less) 2 (3A for both)
 Zhejiang 5463 59,249 2 (Hangzhou, Ningbo) 2 1 (3A) 1 (3A)
 Shandong 9637 47,335 1 (Jinan) 1 0 1 (3A)
 Guangdong 10,505 50,807 5 (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan, and Zhongshan) 6 6 (3A for all) 0
Central region
 Heilongjiang 3834 32,819 2 (Harbin, Daqing) 4 2 (3A for both) 2 (3A for both)
 Henan 9388 28,661 1 (Zhengzhou) 1 0 1 (3A)
 Hunan 6596 29,880 1 (Changsha) 1 0 1 (3A)
Western region
 Chongqing 2919 34,500 1 (Chongqing) 1 0 1 (3A)
 Gansu 2564 19,595 2 (Lanzhou, Jinchang) 8 6 (3A less for all) 2 (3A for 1, 3A less for 1)
 Xinjiang 2209 30,087 1 (Urumqi) 1 0 1 (3A)
Overall 22 37 22 15
  1. aBased on the China Statistical Yearbook 2012, http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/ndsj/2012/indexch.htm
  2. bHospitals in China are organized according to a 3-tier system that recognizes a hospital’s ability to provide medical care and medical education and conduct medical research. Based on this, hospitals are designated as primary, secondary, or tertiary institutions. Furthermore, based on the level of service provision, size, medical technology, medical equipment, and management and medical care quality, these 3 grades are further subdivided into 3 subsidiary levels A, B, and C, resulting in a total of 9 levels. In addition, one special level, 3A, is reserved for the most specialized hospitals