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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(4), 1330-1341; doi:10.3390/ijerph7041330
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Barriers to Health Care among the Elderly in Japan

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Received: 21 December 2009; in revised form: 9 March 2010 / Accepted: 15 March 2010 / Published: 26 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract: Japan is undergoing a set of health care reforms aimed at cutting rising health care costs and increasing the efficiency of health care delivery. This empirical study used a large-scale community survey on 15,302 elderly people 65 years and older (56.0% women) conducted in seven municipalities in 2006, to reveal clear-cut evidence of barriers to necessary care. The reasons for not getting health care is attributed to health care cost for the elderly with lower income, while higher income counterparts reported being busy or having a condition not serious enough to seek care.
Keywords: cost burden; socioeconomic status (SES); barriers to health care cost burden; socioeconomic status (SES); barriers to health care
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Murata, C.; Yamada, T.; Chen, C.-C.; Ojima, T.; Hirai, H.; Kondo, K. Barriers to Health Care among the Elderly in Japan. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 1330-1341.

AMA Style

Murata C, Yamada T, Chen C-C, Ojima T, Hirai H, Kondo K. Barriers to Health Care among the Elderly in Japan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(4):1330-1341.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Murata, Chiyoe; Yamada, Tetsuji; Chen, Chia-Ching; Ojima, Toshiyuki; Hirai, Hiroshi; Kondo, Katsunori. 2010. "Barriers to Health Care among the Elderly in Japan." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 4: 1330-1341.



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