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Responsiveness of the healthcare system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: evidence from a nationally representative survey

Nikoloski, Zlatko, Alghaith, Taghred, Herbst, Christopher H., Hamza, Mariam, AlSaffer, Quds, Alluhidan, Mohammed, Dong, Di, Alsukait, Reem, Alqasem, Latifah and Alazemi, Nahar (2022) Responsiveness of the healthcare system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: evidence from a nationally representative survey. BMC Health Services Research, 22 (1). ISSN 1472-6963

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Background: Responsiveness is one of the widely used metrics in assessing the performance of healthcare systems. An analysis of the determinants of health care demand and supply and how the Saudi health system responds to the needs of patients (inpatient and outpatient) is needed; hence the need for this study. Methods: We analysed data from the Saudi Health Systems Responsiveness survey – a nationally representative survey of 10,000 households interviewed in 2017. Using this dataset, we descriptively analysed the level of responsiveness of inpatient and outpatient services (using the standard World Health Organization (WHO) responsiveness dimensions). Based on a logit modelling approach, the relationship between responsiveness and its key determinants was analysed in terms of healthcare demand and supply. Results: Over four fifths of respondents are satisfied with the level of inpatient and outpatient responsiveness. Furthermore, we find that those in bad health tend to show lower levels of satisfaction with inpatient and outpatient care. We also find some evidence that age, gender, and to some extent nationality act as correlates of health system responsiveness. Specifically, we find evidence that Saudi nationals are less satisfied with health services compared to foreign nationals. Conclusion: Based on these findings improving the responsiveness of public healthcare facilities would need to be prioritized. Focusing on patients in worse health and lower socio-economic status should also be one of the main priorities.

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Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2023 12:12
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 07:03

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