Gender-Specific Health-Seeking Behavior and Income Status among the Elderly Citizens of Serbia



Mihajlo (Michael) Jakovljevic, Laura Romeu-Gordo, Mira Vukovic, Maja Krstic


Jakovljevic M., Romeu-Gordo L., Vukovic M., Krstic M. 2017. Gender-Specific Health-Seeking Behavior and Income Status among the Elderly Citizens of Serbia. Eastern European Business and Economics Journal 3(1): 67-86.


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We observed the National Health Surveys of Serbia, 2000 and 2006 for exclusively the subpopulation of all senior citizens aged 65 or more. Respondents reported important gender differences in terms of income level and marital status, while in other self-reported socioeconomic variables there were no major differences. Women tended to have their own elected physician far more frequently. In between 2000 and 2006, a statistically significant difference in self-assessed economic status of households was noted, as well as differences in terms of all other health-seeking behavior variables and self-perceived health variables. The Serbian example of growing inequalities between elderly men and women, gives us a clear hint of what is going on in Eastern European ageing populations. Pan-European strategies, to be embraced by the national governments, should definitely regard gender specific polices on ageing as one of the top long term priorities.



Gender Specific, Health-Seeking Behavior, Income Status, Elderly Citizens, Serbia


JEL classification:

I12, I14, I31






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