Table 4 Detailed consumption patterns1

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  Late 40s Early 70s Difference
Total health spending 700 1,500* 800
Medicine and pharmaceuticals 100 500* 400
Eye and dental care 300 400* 100
Health care supplies and services 100 300* 200
Insurance premiums 300 400* 100
1. Adjusted for family size. All dollar values were rounded to the nearest 100.
* Statistically different from the late-40s group at the 5% level of significance. When available, bootstrap weights were used for significance testing. Otherwise, a jackknife procedure was used.
Sources: Statistics Canada, Survey of Family Expenditures (FAMEX), 1982 to 1992; Survey of Household Spending (SHS), 1997 to 2008.