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Determinants of out-of-pocket health expenditure in China

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  • Xuedan You

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  • Yasuki Kobayashi

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Perceived severity of illness and self-reported health status are the most important factors when determining out-of-pocket health expenditure. The effect of aging is substantial. China should develop appropriate medical relief policies for the elderly to help them gain access to necessary healthcare services. Certain types of insurance programmes tend to increase out-of-pocket health expenditures, which highlights the need to continuously monitor and rigorously evaluate the impact of ongoing health insurance reform in China. Copyright Adis Data Information BV. 2011

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  • Xuedan You & Yasuki Kobayashi, 2011. "Determinants of out-of-pocket health expenditure in China," Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 39-49, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:aphecp:v:9:y:2011:i:1:p:39-49
    DOI: 10.2165/11530730-000000000-00000
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    1. Nadeem A. Burney & Mohammad Alenezi & Nadia Al-Musallam & Ahmed Al-Khayat, 2016. "The demand for medical care services: evidence from Kuwait based on households’ out-of-pocket expenses," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(28), pages 2636-2650, June.

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