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Title: Comparison of patients’ experiences in public and private primary care clinics in Malta
Authors: Pullicino, Glorianne
Sciortino, Philip
Calleja, Neville
Schafer, Willemijn
Boerma, Wienke
Groenewegen, Peter
Keywords: Medical care -- Malta
Medical policy -- Malta
Health insurance -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Pullicino, G., Sciortino, P., Calleja, N., Schafer, W., Boerma, W., & Groenewegen,P. (2014). Comparison of patients’ experiences in public and private primary care clinics in Malta. European Journal of Public Health, 25(3), 399-401.
Abstract: Demographic changes, technological developments and rising expectations require the analysis of public–private primary care (PC) service provision to inform policy makers. We conducted a descriptive, cross-sectional study using the dataset of the Maltese arm of the QUALICOPC Project to compare the PC patients’ experiences provided by public-funded and private (independent) general practitioners in Malta. Seven hundred patients from 70 clinics completed a self-administered questionnaire. Direct logistic regression showed that patients visiting the private sector experienced better continuity of care with more difficulty in accessing out-of-hours care. Such findings help to improve (primary) healthcare service provision and resource allocation.
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