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The demand for health care amongst retirees

Mohammed, Hanas LU (2013) NEKN03 20131
Department of Economics
Abstract
China is getting old. During the past decades, strict population control has lead to an exceptional increase in the old-age dependency ratio - the number of elderly in relation to the number of working age individuals. In light of shifting demographics, as well as retirees' general tendency towards declining health, this thesis studies health-seeking behavior amongst retirees in China. The study aims to identify the factors influencing the probability of seeking care as well as the degree to which this care is sought. For this purpose a two-stage econometric model is employed utilizing data from the 2011 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). The results from this study suggest that pension incomes do not explain health... (More)
China is getting old. During the past decades, strict population control has lead to an exceptional increase in the old-age dependency ratio - the number of elderly in relation to the number of working age individuals. In light of shifting demographics, as well as retirees' general tendency towards declining health, this thesis studies health-seeking behavior amongst retirees in China. The study aims to identify the factors influencing the probability of seeking care as well as the degree to which this care is sought. For this purpose a two-stage econometric model is employed utilizing data from the 2011 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). The results from this study suggest that pension incomes do not explain health investments amongst retirees in China. Instead household expenditures, the number of household members, gender, age, and education explain the demand for health care. As for the magnitude of care sought, the size of the household proved to be significant. However, small sample size limitations may affect the validity of these results. (Less)
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author
Mohammed, Hanas LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
A cross-sectional study of health care utilization in China
course
NEKN03 20131
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
language
English
id
8896378
date added to LUP
2017-01-04 14:14:46
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  abstract     = {China is getting old. During the past decades, strict population control has lead to an exceptional increase in the old-age dependency ratio - the number of elderly in relation to the number of working age individuals. In light of shifting demographics, as well as retirees' general tendency towards declining health, this thesis studies health-seeking behavior amongst retirees in China. The study aims to identify the factors influencing the probability of seeking care as well as the degree to which this care is sought. For this purpose a two-stage econometric model is employed utilizing data from the 2011 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). The results from this study suggest that pension incomes do not explain health investments amongst retirees in China. Instead household expenditures, the number of household members, gender, age, and education explain the demand for health care. As for the magnitude of care sought, the size of the household proved to be significant. However, small sample size limitations may affect the validity of these results.},
  author       = {Mohammed, Hanas},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The demand for health care amongst retirees},
  year         = {2013},
}