Self-medication and health insurance coverage in Mexico

Jose Pagan, Sara Ross, Jeffrey Yau, Daniel Polsky

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Abstract

Self-medication is a common practice in many developing countries but little is known about its determinants. This study analyzes the factors that are associated with the use of self-medication in Mexico using the Mexican Health and Aging Study, a new nationally representative survey on adults aged 50 and over. We find that self-medication is related to socioeconomic status and the lack of access to professional healthcare. Our empirical results suggest that lack of government-sponsored health insurance coverage increases the propensity to self-medicate. A 10% increase in the proportion of adults with health insurance coverage could decrease the use of pharmacy consultations by .8% for public sector workers and by 1.7% for private sector workers. Increasing health insurance coverage could reduce the demand for self-medication by making healthcare more affordable and by changing the population perceptions about the benefits of modern medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-177
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Policy
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006

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Keywords

  • Health insurance
  • Mexico
  • Self-medication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy

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Self-medication and health insurance coverage in Mexico. / Pagan, Jose; Ross, Sara; Yau, Jeffrey; Polsky, Daniel.

In: Health Policy, Vol. 75, No. 2, 01.2006, p. 170-177.

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Pagan, Jose ; Ross, Sara ; Yau, Jeffrey ; Polsky, Daniel. / Self-medication and health insurance coverage in Mexico. In: Health Policy. 2006 ; Vol. 75, No. 2. pp. 170-177.
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