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Differing types of medical prevention appeal to different individuals

  • BOUCKAERT, Nicolas


    (Department of Economics, KULeuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium)



    (Department of Economics, KULeuven, Belgium; Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium)

We analyse participation in medical prevention with an expected utility model that is sufficiently rich to capture diverging features of different prevention procedures. We distinguish primary and secondary prevention (with one or two rounds) for both fatal or non-fatal diseases. Moreover, we introduce a flexible relationship between the specific disease for which the prevention procedure is set up and the general background health of the individual. We show how these various possibilities change the comparative statics of the prevention decision and we test the differential predictions with data from SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) about participation in mammography, dental caries screening and flu vaccination.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2013038.

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Date of creation: 23 Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2013038
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