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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Poor quality of healthcare lead to under-utilisation of public health facilities:Survey

Inadequate infrastructure and generally poor quality of healthcare have been found to be major factors leading to under-utilisation of public health facilities by the underprivileged sections, says a sample survey of patients from the targeted groups.

"People who went to government facilities were most likely to be disappointed with their visits compared to those who visited private medical sources and 58 per cent of the respondents interviewed believed that the most important barriers were poor healthcare quality and inadequate infrastructure ", the study, conducted by PUNE based D Y Patil Medical College said.

The study covered a sample of 865 persons of both sexes and all age groups from rural areas and urban slums in and around Pune.

Among the reasons cited for under-utilisation of government medical facilities are inadequate infrastructure, lack of medical equipment and instruments, poor accommodating facilities, scarcity of doctors and paramedical staff and prolonged queues to get medical care.

The study which also included 200 children from the under-five age group said majority of patients among the respondents sought their medical treatment from private practitioners for better quality healthcare, ignoring the government facilities available at a nominal cost.

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