The Demand for Health Checkups under Uncertainty

Tadashi Yamada and Tetsuji Yamada

in Labor Markets and Firm Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780226620947
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226620954 | DOI:
The Demand for Health Checkups under Uncertainty

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This chapter examines the demand for health checkups in Japan. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 10.2 provides an overview of the health checkup system in Japan. Section 10.3 presents statistics on health checkups. Section 10.4 presents a theoretical model with a comparative static analysis of the demand for health checkups and describes the variables of interest in this study. Section 10.5 reports the empirical results, and Section 10.6 concludes. Health checkups constitute a highly cost-effective means of illness prevention within the context of the current comprehensive system of national health care. However, a health checkup is a time-consuming health input. For this reason, the opportunity cost of work hours or days is a major determinant of the health checkup decision. In order to promote health checkups among employees and consequently in the population as a whole, a public policy that lowers the opportunity cost of health checkups for targeted groups of working people is desirable.

Keywords: health checkup system; health care; Japan; health input

Chapter.  17825 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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