Another mHealth? Examining Motorcycles as a Distance Demolishing Determinant of Health Care Access in South and Southeast Asia

Over the past 20 years, many of the low and middle-income countries (LMICs) of South and Southeast Asia have experienced dramatic increases in the number and availability of inexpensive motorcycles. Juxtapose this trend, unequal access to health care remains a significant concern, as people continue to die from treatable conditions. With calls to improve geographic accessibility, ongoing research continues to examine interventions (e.g., mHealth) that may help geographically isolated individuals access health care that is often located in more urbanized regions of LMICs. In this study, the author examines motorcycles as a heretofore under recognized mode of transportation in LMICs that may function as a distance demolishing determinant of health care access. Results suggest that motorcycles substantially reduce the rural penalty in which both geographic distance and household finances are perceived as a major problems for accessing health care in these regions.


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  • Accession Number: 01687202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2018 3:04PM