Many in Asia Travel for Medical Care

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) — One in five households in 11 Asian countries say at least one member traveled to another community for medical care in the past year, a survey indicates.

The survey by Gallup indicates Nepalese households are the most likely to have a family member seek treatment outside their community, followed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh — while those in Indonesia are the least likely, followed by Malaysia and Pakistan.

Gallup has studied the willingness of U.S. adults to travel abroad for medical treatment, but Gallup officials say this is their first measure of medical travel among households in Asia.

Rural households tend to be more likely than urban households to report travel outside their city or community for medical care, the survey says.

Disparities are evident in South Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and India, but they are virtually non-existent in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, Gallup officials say.

The margin of error for each country survey ranges from 1.6 percentage points to 4.1 percentage points.

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