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|Title: ||The influence of clients’ perceived quality on health care utilizat|
|Authors: ||Aggrey, Mavis|
Appiah, Seth Christopher Yaw
|Issue Date: ||2014|
|Publisher: ||International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies|
|Citation: ||Vol. 9 No. 2 Nov. 2014, pp. 918-924|
|Abstract: ||Introduction: The patient’s perception of quality of care is fundamental to utilization of health services. Health
utilization would partly depend on clients’ perception of the quality of care.
Methods: A cross-sectional study involving health clients (18 to 70 years) who accessed health services in the Bantama submetro
in the Kumasi metropolis was conducted. A total of 400 clients were recruited from ten health facilities for the study.
Data was collected through interviewing using semi-structured questionnaires using SPSS and analyzed into descriptive and
inferential statistics with STATA 11.
Results: Majority of subscribers assessed healthcare with their National Health Insurance (NHI) cards. Eight percent (8%) had
never accessed healthcare with their NHIS cards. Respondents’ reasons included not falling sick and low quality of healthcare
under the NHIS. Respondents 216 (54%) indicated delays in seeing a doctor, getting laboratories done, and accessing health
care as a whole. Seventy-four percent (74%) of the entire population attributed both NHIS and cash and carry systems as the
payment methods associated with delays in health facilities. Clients who viewed the overall the quality of health provision as
good or very good were more likely to access healthcare with NHIS card as compared to those who rated the overall health
provision as poor or very poor (OR=2.1; p<0.01).
Conclusion: Clients’ perceptions and experiences with quality of health provision influence their utilization of healthcare
under the NHIS scheme. Increased enrolment in the scheme should be supported with provision of quality services to
enhance clients’ satisfaction.|
|Description: ||Article published in International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN 2028-9324 Vol. 9 No. 2 Nov. 2014, pp. 918-924
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