Table 1

Distribution of avoidable hospitalisations by demographic characteristics, 1991–98

<65 years≥65 yearsWhole
CharacteristicsNumber of AHs%Number of AHs%Number of AHs%
*Percentage of total hospitalisations.
Total hospitalisations11272763522181479494
Avoidable hospitalisations (AHs)591555.25*4080711.6*999626.8
Chronic condition
    Asthma3761563.634818.54109641.1
    Congestive heart failure768613.01577438.72346023.5
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases46887.91591039.02059820.6
    Diabetes mellitus910115.4562313.81472414.7
    Hypertension650.11190.05840.1
Gender
    Male3406457.62280355.95686756.9
    Female2509142.41800444.14309543.1
Age group (y)
    <152030034.3
    15–2437326.3
    25–441055417.8
    45–642456941.5
Ethnicity
    Chinese3359656.83206578.66566165.7
    Indians981316.638449.41365713.7
    Malays1574626.6489812.02064420.7