Table 2

Proportion of children using at least one health service between birth and 5 years of age based on vulnerability classification

Service typeVulnerable children
(n=124 668), n (%)
Non-vulnerable children
(n=240 470), n (%)
Relative risk ratio (95% CI)*
Primary care services
General practitioner
Year 1117 627 (94.4)231 571 (96.3)0.84 (0.83 to 0.85)
Year 2115 629 (92.8)229 320 (95.4)0.83 (0.82 to 0.84)
Year 3102 053 (81.9)208 378 (86.7)0.87 (0.87 to 0.88)
Year 481 863 (65.7)198 146 (82.4)0.70 (0.69 to 0.71)
Year 563 069 (50.6)177 821 (74.0)0.68 (0.68 to 0.69)
Total121 047 (97.1)236 184 (98.2)0.82 (0.80 to 0.84)
Secondary care services
Specialist
Year 126 423 (21.2)91 281 (38.0)0.78 (0.77 to 0.78)
Year 215 532 (12.5)42 547 (17.7)0.88 (0.88 to 0.88)
Year 313 285 (10.7)36 392 (15.1)0.88 (0.88 to 0.89)
Year 410 639 (8.5)34 707 (14.4)0.84 (0.84 to 0.85)
Year 58264 (6.6)30 239 (12.6)0.82 (0.81 to 0.82)
Total43 826 (35.2)127 569 (53.1)0.78 (0.78 to 0.79)
Pathology
Year 134 651 (27.8)76 471 (31.8)0.94 (0.93 to 0.94)
Year 232 641 (26.2)69 453 (28.9)0.96 (0.95 to 0.96)
Year 327 516 (22.1)59 678 (24.8)0.95 (0.95 to 0.96)
Year 421 215 (17.0)56 549 (23.5)0.88 (0.88 to 0.88)
Year 514 648 (11.8)44 928 (18.7)0.85 (0.84 to 0.85)
Total75 084 (60.2)163 080 (67.8)0.89 (0.89 to 0.89)
Diagnostic imaging
Year 121 832 (17.5)48 252 (20.1)0.95 (0.94 to 0.95)
Year 213 050 (10.5)29 005 (12.1)0.95 (0.94 to 0.96)
Year 310 430 (8.4)24 030 (10.0)0.94 (0.93 to 0.95)
Year 47740 (6.2)21 978 (9.1)0.88 (0.87 to 0.89)
Year 55932 (4.8)18 836 (7.8)0.86 (0.85 to 0.86)
Total43 176 (34.6)99 312 (41.3)0.91 (0.91 to 0.91)
Tertiary care services
Inpatient
Year 128 419 (22.8)44 791 (18.6)1.10 (1.09 to 1.10)
Year 217 206 (13.8)34 339 (14.3)0.99 (0.98 to 0.99)
Year 39418 (7.6)23 313 (9.7)0.92 (0.91 to 0.92)
Year 46228 (5.0)16 515 (6.9)0.90 (0.89 to 0.91)
Year 54063 (3.3)11 317 (4.7)0.89 (0.88 to 0.90)
Total47 514 (38.1)93 035 (38.7)0.99 (0.99 to 1.00)
Emergency department
Year 156 640 (45.4)80 392 (33.4)1.20 (1.19 to 1.20)
Year 246 767 (37.5)81 651 (34.0)1.06 (1.05 to 1.06)
Year 327 163 (21.8)57 872 (24.1)0.96 (0.95 to 0.96)
Year 417 509 (14.0)38 542 (16.0)0.95 (0.94 to 0.96)
Year 510 859 (8.7)24 556 (10.2)0.94 (0.94 to 0.95)
Total85 255 (68.4)156 063 (64.9)1.05 (1.05 to 1.06)
  • *Reference group=non-vulnerable children.