||The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between marital status and health care utilization by the elderly. Based on the year of 1999 and 2003 Survey of Health and Living Status of the Elderly in Taiwan, we applied two models: probit model and negative binomial regression model to our study. The first, probit model were used to calculate the probability of using medical services by marital status; the second, negative binomial regression model were used to calculate the number of medical use by marital status on condition that the elderly having used medical services.|
Findings show that the married use traditional Chinese medicine is less than the singles; On the contrary, the utilization of outpatient by the married is more than by the single. In addition, the utilization of traditional Chinese medicine by the single woman is more than by the married woman; However, the utilization of outpatient by the single man is less than by the married man.
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