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Information expensiveness perceived by Vietnamese patients with respect to healthcare provider’s choice

Quan Hoang Vuong

No 16-040, Working Papers CEB from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: Background: Patients have to acquire information to support their decision on choosing a suitable healthcare provider. But in developing countries like Vietnam, accessibility issues remain an obstacle, thus adversely affect both quality and costliness of healthcare information. Vietnamese use both sources from health professionals and friends/relatives, especially when quality of the Internet-based cheaper sources appear to be still questionable. The search of information from both professionals and friends/relatives incurs some cost, which can be viewed as low or high depending low or high accessibility to the sources. These views potentially affect their choices.Aim & Objectives: To investigate the effects that medical / health services information on perceived expensiveness of patients’ labor costs. Two related objectives are: i) establishing empirical relations between accessibility to sources and expensiveness; and, ii) probabilistic trends of probabilities for perceived expensiveness.Results: There is evidence for established relations among the variables “Convexp” and “Convrel” (all p’s

Keywords: Healthcare provider; Quality of information; Health data; Consumer behavior; Vietnam (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 p.
Date: 2016-09-15
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