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

Pullicino, G., Sciortino, P., Calleja, N., Schäfer, W., Boerma, W., Groenewegen, P. Comparison of patients’ experiences in public and private primary care clinics in Malta. European Journal of Public Health: 2015, 25(3), 399-401
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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. (aut. ref.)