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Help-Seeking Experiences of Hepatitis B Patients in Transnational Medical Care: The Solution to Health Inequality Is Social Mobility

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Department of Transportation & Logistics Management, National ChiaoTung University, Taipei City 100-44, Taiwan
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Physician, Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, Western Medicine Division, Hospital Lam Wah Ee 11600, Malaysia
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Department of Medicine, Penang Medical College 10450, Malaysia
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Healthcare 2019, 7(4), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7040125
Received: 1 October 2019 / Revised: 28 October 2019 / Accepted: 30 October 2019 / Published: 31 October 2019
This paper tracked hepatitis B patients from Medan, Indonesia to Penang, Malaysia under transnational medical care and has an understanding of their medical history and socioeconomic status. The condition of these patients improved as a result of good compliance with medical treatment, including lifestyle adjustment and regular medication. Under the influence of the marketization of healthcare, transnational medical patients in the social structure, based on their economic ability and socioeconomic status, may be expected to experience health inequalities. People with unhealthy medical distribution and weak socioeconomic status are easily prone to diseases due to environmental and social conditions; it is easier for such patients to delay or give up their medical treatment. After continuous tracking and increasing patient exposure to medical knowledge and self-care management opportunities, increasing awareness, screening, care, and treatment, the transmission of hepatitis B can be reduced to enable them to gain upward mobility by their capacities and thus improve their health. Social mobility is deemed the main approach to reduce social inequality. There have been limited medical clinical observations and tracking confirming this theory. This paper, which uses medical observation, confirmed that social mobility is considered as the principal key to reducing inequalities in health. View Full-Text
Keywords: health inequality; health policy; hepatitis B; social mobility; socioeconomic status health inequality; health policy; hepatitis B; social mobility; socioeconomic status
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Cheng, C.-W.; Feng, C.-M.; Chua, C.S. Help-Seeking Experiences of Hepatitis B Patients in Transnational Medical Care: The Solution to Health Inequality Is Social Mobility. Healthcare 2019, 7, 125.

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