Sickness and Preventive Medical Behavior

TitleSickness and Preventive Medical Behavior
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsWu, S
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Call Numberpubs_2003_Wu_SHealthEcon.pdf
KeywordsHealth Conditions and Status

Using data from two sources, the Health and Retirement Study and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, I analyze the relationship between health status and the likelihood of engaging in medical screening and other preventive behavior. The results show that individuals who are in poorer health are more likely to get flu shots and cholesterol checks, but less likely to have mammograms, pap smears, breast exams and prostate checks. There is some evidence that suggests that psychological factors such as fear and anxiety may be important reasons why sicker people are less likely to get cancer screens.

Endnote Keywords

Health Status--physical, mental, and emotional/screening/prevention/anxiety

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Citation Key6855