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Table 2 Description of participants

From: “They don’t care about us”: older people’s experiences of primary healthcare in Cape Town, South Africa

Age range 59–92
Mean age 74.1
Number of participants Lotus River (3 FGs) 24
FG 1 9 (7 women; 2 men)
FG 2 8 (8 women)
FG 3 7 (5 women, 2 men)
Race of participants Coloured
Home language of participants Afrikaans / English
Health system use 100% of participants used public primary health clinics for routine care (some reported occasional use of private GPs for acute issues) 1 (hospital coverage only)
Number of people with health insurance  
Number of participants Sea Point 16
FG 1 5 (3 women, 2 men)
FG 2 6 (6 women)
FG 3 5 (5 women)
Race of participants White
Home language of participants English
Health system use 100% used private healthcare providers for primary care
Number of people with health insurance 16
Number of participants Khayelitsha 24
NGO 1 (1 FG) 9 (8 female, 1 man)
NGO 2 (1 FG) 6 (6 females)
Independent seniors’ club (1 FG) 9 (4 women, 5 males)
Race of participants Black African
Home language of participants isiXhosa
Health system use 62% of participants used public primary health clinics for chronic and acute care. 38% used NGO 1’s clinic.
Functional capacity – use mobility device 9
Functional capacity – fully independent 54
Functional capacity – need full-time care / support 1
Living arrangements - alone 16
Living arrangements – with family 38
Living arrangements – in retirement village 6