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Promoting Malaysians to spend on health: What it takes to encourage Malaysians to spend on health promotion?

Cheah, Yong Kang (2014) Promoting Malaysians to spend on health: What it takes to encourage Malaysians to spend on health promotion? International Journal of Public Health Research, 4 (1). pp. 391-398. ISSN 2232-0253

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Introduction In light of the important role of health-promoting expenditure in health, the objective of this study was to investigate the socio-demographic determinants of health-promoting expenditure such as purchase of medical equipment and services, food supplements and health education services and products among Malaysian adults.Methods Third National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS III) consisting of 28771 observations was used for analysis.It was the latest nationally representative cross-sectional population-based survey conducted by the Ministry of Health Malaysia from April 2006 to January 2007. A censored regression model (Tobit) was applied to examine the factors affecting health-promoting expenditure.Results The results showed that age, income, gender, ethnicity, education, marital status, employment status and location of residence were able to affect health promoting expenditure.In particular, individuals who were younger, poor, males, Indian/others, less educated, unmarried, unemployed and residing in rural areas tended to spend less money on health promotion compared to others.Conclusions This study reached a conclusion that socio-demographic factors were significantly associated with individual’s preferences for health promotion. Therefore, the government should devo

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Demography - disease - health promotion - lifestyle - prevention.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: Dr. Cheah Yong Kan
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2014 07:42
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 00:06
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/12896

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