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Sociodemographic factors and expenditure issues in Vietnamese consideration of periodic general health examination

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  • Quan-Hoang Vuong
  • Quang-Hoi Vu

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Medical expenditure is perceived as a major obstacle for people wanting to access healthcare services in general, and in particular periodic general health examinations (GHE). However, the extant literature concerning expenditure on periodic health examinations in Vietnam is rather scarce and lacking in specific figures. Therefore, this article aims to examine the price people are willing to pay to take GHE periodically. From analyzing a dataset of 2,068 subjects collected from Hanoi and its vicinities, our study confirms that demographic factors (gender, job status, marital status) and socioeconomic factors (health insurance, low belief in healthcare quality and perceptions on public’s health status) have significant effects on GHE fees. The probability of people accepting to spend a larger sum (>VND2mn) for periodic GHE is relatively low (

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  • Quan-Hoang Vuong & Quang-Hoi Vu, 2016. "Sociodemographic factors and expenditure issues in Vietnamese consideration of periodic general health examination," Working Papers CEB 16-047, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    Keywords

    Medical expenditure; general health examination; public perception; Vietnam;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General

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