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Differing types of medical prevention appeal to different individuals

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  • Nicolas Bouckaert

    () (KU Leuven)

  • Erik Schokkaert

    () (KU Leuven
    Université catholique de Louvain)

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Abstract We analyze participation in medical prevention with an expected utility model that is sufficiently rich to capture diverging features of different prevention procedures. The predictions of the model are not rejected with data from SHARE. A decrease in individual health decreases participation in breast cancer screening and dental prevention and increases participation in influenza vaccination, cholesterol screening, blood pressure screening, and blood sugar screening. Positive income effects are most pronounced for dental prevention. Increased mortality risk is an important predictor in the model for breast cancer screening, but not for the other procedures. Targeted screening and vaccination programs increase participation.

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  • Nicolas Bouckaert & Erik Schokkaert, 2016. "Differing types of medical prevention appeal to different individuals," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 17(3), pages 317-337, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:17:y:2016:i:3:d:10.1007_s10198-015-0709-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s10198-015-0709-6
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    Screening; Vaccination; Prevention; Expected utility; Behavioral economics;

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    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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