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The health condition profile of elderly migrants in Teluk-Bintuni West Papua, Indonesia: the importance of access to health services

Sumini Setyabudi , Setiadi Setiadi

Sumini Setyabudi
Researcher of Center for Population and Policy Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Email: sumini@ugm.ac.id

Setiadi Setiadi
Student of Doctoral Program at Leadership and Policy Innovation, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Online First: December 30, 2019 | Cite this Article
Setyabudi, S., Setiadi, S. 2019. The health condition profile of elderly migrants in Teluk-Bintuni West Papua, Indonesia: the importance of access to health services. Indonesia Journal of Biomedical Science 13(2). DOI:10.15562/ijbs.v13i2.216


Studies of migrants have frequently explored their importance in the workforce, but very few have investigated elderly migrants, despite the significant social and health risks they experience. This study, thus, details the health conditions of elderly migrants in Teluk Bintuni Regency, West Papua. Drawing on data from a socio-economic survey conducted between 2015 and 2016, this study analyzes the health of elderly migrants within the context of household conditions, access to health services, income, and education. This study finds that the majority of elderly migrants had experienced some symptoms of illness (headaches, nausea, coughing, etc.) in the last three months. Statistical testing of the above-mentioned variables indicate that elderly migrants' health condition is influenced by their income and access to health services.

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