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Is Traditional Medicine a Normal Good? Traditional Medicine Use and Correlates in China

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Despite the widespread use of Traditional Medicine (TM) in developing countries, many questions surrounding the nature of demand for TM remain unexplored. As one of the fundamental dimensions of China’s health care system, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has played a changing role as China’s economy has grown and political leaders have promoted TCM, however, very limited research explored the nature of the relative demand for TCM and CM to guide the health policy design and health system integration in current China. To fill in this information gap, this study explored the nature of demand for TCM and the associations between wealth and TCM utilization using a nationally representative, longitudinal study in China. We described TCM and CM utilizations by demographics, chronic conditions and examined how TCM use varies with wealth employing OLS regressions. Heterogeneity in the association between wealth and TCM use was also tested. The study found that the TCM use prevalence was 28.7% and nearly 91% of the population who used TCM also used CM. TCM users were found to be older, female, less educated and more likely to have chronic conditions. The regression results revealed a positive relationship between wealth and TCM, which suggests that TCM is a normal good. We also found a stronger association between wealth and TCM in older population but no heterogeneity was found across people with different chronic conditions and education levels. In conclusion, our findings suggest that TCM is a normal good with the possibility of being demanded as a complement of CM, playing an important role in chronic conditions treatment in China.

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