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Table 2 Examples of primary and secondary diagnoses in a patient’s record

From: The health conditions and the health care consumption of the uninsured

  Patient 1 Patient 2 Patient 3
Primary diagnosis 100. Acute Myocardial Infarction 100. Acute Myocardial Infarction 100. Acute Myocardial Infarction
Secondary diagnoses 101. Coronary Atherosclerosis 101. Coronary Atherosclerosis 131. Respiratory Failure
  98. Essential Hypertension 203. Osteoarthritis  
  53. Disorders of Lipid Metabolism   
  49. Diabetes