Gender Differences in Access to Health Care Among the Elderly: Evidence from Southeast Asia

Publication | February 2021

This paper examines gender among other factors that may constrain older persons in Southeast Asia from meeting their health-care needs based on data from Cambodia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam.

Using household survey data, the paper finds that while women in Cambodia and the Philippines are more likely to seek treatment than men, the gender difference is reversed in Viet Nam where stigma associated with some diseases may more strongly deter women than men. The probability of seeking treatment rises with age more sharply for women than men. Yet, for the subsample of elders, the gender difference is not significant.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Conceptual Framework
  • Data and Methodology
  • Estimation Results
  • Conclusion

Additional Details

Authors
Type
Series
Subjects
  • Economics
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Health system development
  • Social development and protection
  • Aging and the Elderly
  • Social protection - labor and employment
Countries
  • Cambodia
  • Philippines
  • Viet Nam
Pages
  • 32
Dimensions
  • 8.5 x 11
SKU
  • WPS210047-2
ISSN
  • 2313-5867 (print)
  • 2313-5875 (electronic)

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