Comparison of patients' experiences in public and private primary care clinics in Malta

Glorianne Pullicino*, Philip Sciortino, Neville Calleja, Willemijn Schäfer, Wienke Boerma, Peter Groenewegen

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-401
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean journal of public health
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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