Visiting the Doctor
Moroccans were asked how often they visit a health care provider or family doctor. Very few men or women reported that they go to the doctor for annual check-ups or preventative care (5%). As illustrated in Figure 6, more than four times as many men as women never go to the doctor (9% of men and 2% of women).
The data suggest that women tend to get treatment before their condition worsens, while men more often get treatment when they are very ill or experiencing a medical emergency: more women than men go to the doctor when they feel unwell (56% of women and 40% of men), while more men go to the doctor when they are very ill or in times of emergency.
Figure 7 shows that women with low levels of income adequacy are much less likely than higher income women to visit doctors for preventative care and at early stages of illness.
Upper-income women were six times as likely as low-income women to get annual check-ups and preventative care (18% and 3%) and almost twice as likely to go to the doctor when feeling unwell (61% and 32%).
More than three times as many low-income women as upper-income women only go to the doctor when they are very ill or experiencing a medical emergency (61% and 20%).
Figures 8 and 9 show the responses of Moroccans who were asked, “Thinking back to the last time you were sick, did you consult a doctor?”
More than eight in ten women (81%) went to the doctor the last time they were sick, compared to 56% of men (Figure 8).
Low-income women are much less likely than women in the lower-middle income bracket and above to have gone to the doctor the last time they were sick (63% and 81%, respectively) (Figure 8).