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Good health enhances market earnings by increasing the number of days that employees work and by increasing their nonmarket productivity in terms of time spent on household production. And, health checkups are one way to secure good health. Yamada, using sample data from Japan's 1995 Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions of the People on Health and Welfare, finds that a number of socioeconomic and demographic factors determine the demand for health checkups among workers aged 30 to 60. These factors include age, gender, earnings, type of health insurance coverage, firm size, occupation, and objective evaluation of health condition. Furthermore, Yamada shows that health checkups do reduce the probability of becoming ill and of becoming a hospital in-patient. His evidence strongly supports the theory that medical checkups are highly cost-effective as preventive medical care.
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Title Annotation:cost-effectiveness of medical checkups as preventive medical care in Japan
Publication:NBER Reporter
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Mar 22, 2000
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