Differences in public and private health services in a rural district of Malaysia.

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A cross-sectional study, comparing the nature of services in 15 private clinics and 6 public health facilities, was undertaken in a rural district of Malaysia. Semi-structured interviews and observations using check-lists were employed. Public health facilities were run by younger doctors (mean age = 31.1 years), supported mostly by trained staff. The private clinics were run by older doctors (mean age = 41.2 years) who had served the district for much longer (8.9 years vs 1.5 years) but were supported by less well trained staff. The curative services were the main strength of the private clinics but their provision of preventive care was less comprehensive and of inferior quality. Private clinics were inclined to provide more expensive diagnostic services than the public facilities. 'Short hours' private clinics had very restricted opening hours and offered limited range of services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-436
Number of pages11
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume51
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996

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Differences in public and private health services in a rural district of Malaysia. / Syed Junid, Syed Mohamed Al-Junid; Zwi, A. B.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 51, No. 4, 12.1996, p. 426-436.

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