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Table 1 Summary statistics for hospital visits for ambulatory services by 65–84-year-olds before and during the pandemic (2017 ~ 2019)

From: Healthcare utilisation for elderly people at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea

Diseases   (a) January 1st-July 31st, 2020 (b) January 1st-July 31st
(2017, 2018, 2019)
Mean Standard Dev Mean Standard Dev
Total Number of patients per wk. 5,128,322 1,103,284 5,201,306 1,010,169
Change in the number of patients per wk. 0.031 0.278 0.05 0.313
Hypertension Number of patients per wk. 513,163 22,902 542,579 40,086
Change in the number of patients per wk. −0.029 0.156 −0.007 0.108
Diabetes Number of patients per wk. 767,402 34,972 718,213 59,682
Change in the number of patients per wk. 0.033 0.164 0.054 0.116
Cancer Number of patients per wk. 75,990 6133 54,665 10,238
Change in the number of patients per wk. 0.178 0.24 0.221 0.191
AURIs Number of patients per wk. 111,645 54,308 135,613 38,837
Change in the number of patients per wk. −0.187 0.313 0.03 0.158
  1. Note: This table presents the summary statistics for hospital visits for ambulatory services by 65–84-year-olds. Panel(a) covers the period between January 1st and July 31st in 2020 while panel (b) the same period of panel (a) in year 2017, 2018, and 2019. Mean represents the average number of weekly patients from each disease. The change in the volume of patients is calculated as the difference between the same week from the previous year (i.e., (week 6(2020)-week6(2019)]/week6(2019)). The number of patients only include ones taking ambulatory services