Barriers to health care among the elderly in Japan

Chiyoe Murata, Tetsuji Yamada, Chia Ching Chen, Toshiyuki Ojima, Hiroshi Hirai, Katsunori Kondo

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Japan is undergoing a set of health care reforms aimed at cutting rising health care costs and increasing the efficiency of health care delivery. This empirical study used a large-scale community survey on 15,302 elderly people 65 years and older (56.0% women) conducted in seven municipalities in 2006, to reveal clear-cut evidence of barriers to necessary care. The reasons for not getting health care is attributed to health care cost for the elderly with lower income, while higher income counterparts reported being busy or having a condition not serious enough to seek care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1330-1341
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


  • Barriers to health care
  • Cost burden
  • Socioeconomic status (SES)

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