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Abstract
Survey Number 0041
Survey Title Survey on Health and Medical Care, 1988
Depositor Japan Institute of Life Insurance
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Summary For the general public, the role of life insurance is expected to become more and more important not only as a promoter/supporter of health but also as a way to financially prepare against sicknesses. Based on the prediction, this survey was conducted to uncover exactly what people think of health and medicine and to consider what role life insurance should play in their lives. The survey is an elaboration of the "medical insurance" section of Security of Life and Life Insurance: a survey of individuals which was published in April, 1988.
Universe Male and female individuals aged between 20 and 69.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size 2,264 effective responses from a sample of 3,000 such individuals (Rate of effective return: 75.4%)
Time Period September-October, 1988
Spatial Unit All over Japan (200 localities)
Sampling Procedure Stratified two-stage random sampling
Mode of Data Collection Face-to-face interview system
Investigator Japan Institute of Life Insurance The field work was performed by Chuo chosasha.
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Japan Institute of Life Insurance (May, 1989) Kenko to iryo ni kansuru chosa [Health and Medicine: survey of individuals]
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Demographic items:
Sex; age; marital status; last school attended; occupation; size of firm's workforce; industry; occupation of spouse; type of dwelling; annual income; annual household income; financial assets; and type of health insurance coverage.
Questionnaire items:
(1) Health and medical consciousness and status:
Health status; worry about health; sickness worried about and reasons; need for health/medical information, and use of facilities for health/medical consultation; health and living customs; health, exercise, and sports (current practice, attitudes, future intentions); medical history (medical treatment, hospitalization, number of days hospitalized, medical expenses uncovered by health insurance and paid by Respondent, experience of receiving high-cost medical care and reasons, hospitalization benefits of life insurance received and amount of benefits); and teeth( health status, dental treatment received, reasons for not seeing a dentist, dental expenses uncovered by health insurance and paid by R.).
(2) View of public medical insurance:
Knowledge of, anxiety about, and opinion of health insurance system; and attitudes to medical expenses uncovered by health insurance.
(3) Attitudes to and actual state of medical reserve funds:
Importance of and attitudes to funds; state of personal funds; means of saving funds; and feeling of sufficiency.
(4) Attitudes to and actual use of private insurance products/companies:
Recognition of private medical insurance products; private medical insurance coverage (coverage by life insurance with special hospitalization-for-sickness benefits and by cancer insurance, and motivations); daily amount of hospitalization benefits and experience of receipt; intentions for future coverage; purchasing channels desired; qualities sought (product characteristics, details of coverage, fringe functions/services, areas of medical coverage desired); evaluation of private insurance in medical field; evaluation of private insurance in other fields; evaluation of nursing care insurance; recognition of and intentions for private health/medical plans/services; and kind of information sought from private insurance companies.
Date of Release 1998/04/01
Version Registered on April 1, 1998.
Topics Health/MedicalCare
Notes for Users Data Sets are written in Japanese.