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Affordability of Medical Care - Yemen

Yemeni respondents were asked about the ease with which they can afford medical care. Figure 9 illustrates that, although more men than women report they can afford regular medical attention and medications, more men than women also report they cannot afford either emergency or medical care in general (Figure 9).

  • The majority of both men and women are able to afford necessary medical care, but not regular visits, or emergency care only and not all conditions.
  • More than twice as many men than women are able to afford medical care, preventative care, regular visits and medications.
  • At the same time, almost one in three men cannot afford medical care, compared to 22% of women.

Education levels among Yemeni women appear to be tied to their varying abilities to afford medical care (Figure 10).

  • Women with a university degree or higher are over six times more likely to afford regular visits and medications than women with no education.
  • Almost one in three women with no education cannot afford medical care.
  • Over a third of all women, other than those with a university degree or higher, can only afford emergency care and not for all illness conditions.

Figure 11 demonstrates that, as with holding a higher degree, women who work for pay were more likely to be able to afford regular medical care and necessary medications. Although only 157 respondents report working for pay, those women were almost three times as likely to afford regular visits and medications than women who do not work for pay, and all women (23%, 8% and 9% [Figure 9], respectively).

  • Fourteen percent of women who are working for pay still cannot afford any medical care.
  • As was the case for all women and for women across education levels, the majority of women working for pay can afford medical care but not medications, or emergency care only (27% and 36%, respectively).