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Economics Research International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 801204, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/801204
Research Article

Addiction and the Utilization of Medical Care

1Department of Public Finance and Taxation, National Taichung Institute of Technology, 129 Section 3, San-Min Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan
2Department of Economics, National Taipei University, 151, University Road, San Shia, New Taipei City 23741, Taiwan
3Department of Public Finance, National Taipei University, 151, University Road, San Shia, New Taipei City 23741, Taiwan
4Institute of Human Resource Management, National Sun Yat-Sen University, 70, Lienhai Road, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan

Received 25 July 2011; Revised 9 September 2011; Accepted 13 September 2011

Academic Editor: David E. Giles

Copyright © 2012 Yen-Ju Lin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We investigate the effect of different scales of addictive factors on the utilization of medical services in this paper using a two-part model. Data are from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey and the claims data in the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. The results show that personal addictive behavior is significantly associated with both outpatient and inpatient utilization. Moreover, our result implies that those who smoked at least 20 cigarettes per day might not visit a doctor until the illness was severe. It suggests that the government can accomplish these goals by promotion and education in order to increase public awareness of personal health.