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Farahbakhsh M, Nikniaz A, Tabrizi J, Jahanbin H, Abdolahi H, Zakeri A et al . Comparison of government and cooperative health centers with regard to services and health cares. sjsph. 2007; 5 (2) :1-11
URL: http://sjsph.tums.ac.ir/article-1-171-en.html

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Background and Aim: Public-private partnership is a type of privatization in which the public sector continues to participate in the provision of services. Based on an agreement between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Cooperatives, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences started the process of creating health cooperatives in the Eastern Azerbaijan Province. In this study we compare the function of various health service processes between public health centers and health cooperatives.

Material and Methods: This study looks at coverage, quality and continuity of primary health care in 9 health centers handed over to cooperatives as compared to 18 current public health centers. Data were collected over a period of three months and analyzed by the SPSS-10 statistical package. Chi-Square and t tests were used for data analysis.

Results: Family planning coverage rates, infant health care, 1- to 6-year-old health care, prenatal care and the number of households covered by volunteers were all higher in cooperatives compared to public health centers. The mean care delivery volume was smaller in health cooperatives. The mean numbers of screening visits, outpatient visits, control visits, consultations, injections and dressings as well as follow-ups were higher in health cooperatives. Despite the greater numbers of family planning visits, vaccinations, health certificates issued and water chlorimetry tests in the public sector, the differences were not statistically significant. Concordance of data between forms and registers was higher in health cooperatives in the case of child health care, periodic visits and vaccination forms.

Conclusion: Compared to the public sector, health service delivery through cooperatives not only functions well but also yields better indices in many health domains. This is an example that a private institutions functioning under the supervision of the public sector can implement nationwide health care programs better than the public sector itself.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Published: 2013/08/11

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