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Table 5 Reasons why the elderly patients chose the different facilities

From: The perception of healthcare quality of elderly in the city of Bari, South Italy

   Public facility Private facility Private facility covered by public health insurance
Laboratory tests *   N (141) Prevalence %   N (46) Prevalence % N (91) Prevalence %
indicated by GP   42 29,8%   4 8,7% 26 28,6%
cost less   11 7,8%   - - 3 3,3%
shorter waiting lists   12 8,5%   17 37,0% 25 27,5%
more confidence   44 31,2%   6 13,0% 14 15,4%
nearer home   30 21,3%   16 34,8% 38 41,8%
better treatment   7 5,0%   6 13,0% 6 6,6%
only one known   21 14,9%   1 2,2% 17 18,7%
  Public territorial facility Hospital facility Private facility Private facility covered by public health insurance
Instrumental investigations* N (44) Prevalence % N (99) Prevalence % N (44) Prevalence % N (167) Prevalence %
indicated by GP 19 43,2% 25 25,3% 5 11,4% 17 10,2%
cost less 5 11,4% 4 4,0% 1 2,3% 2 1,2%
shorter waiting lists 3 6,8% 20 20,2% 15 34,1% 21 12,6%
more confidence 8 18,2% 32 32,3% 17 38,6% 9 5,4%
nearer home 10 22,7% 14 14,1% 12 27,3% 16 9,6%
better treatment 2 4,5% 10 10,1% 5 11,4% 1 0,6%
only one known 3 6,8% 19 19,2% 2 4,5% 10 6,0%
Specialist visits* N (46) Prevalence % N (96) Prevalence % N (68) Prevalence % N (26) Prevalence %
indicated by GP 19 41,3% 27 28,1% 25 36,8% 7 26,9%
cost less 13 28,3% 4 4,2% - - - -
shorter waiting lists 1 2,2% 6 6,3% 12 17,6% 5 19,2%
more confidence 8 17,4% 42 43,8% 23 33,8% 3 11,5%
nearer home 10 21,7% 4 4,2% 2 2,9% 5 19,2%
better treatment - - 14 14,6% 9 13,2% 1 3,8%
only one known 4 8,7% 15 15,6% 8 11,8% 2 7,7%
Physiotherapy* N (11) Prevalence % N (8) Prevalence % N (4) Prevalence % N (27) Prevalence %
indicated by GP 3 27,3% 5 62,5% 3 75,0% 6 23,1%
cost less - - 4 50,0% - - 2 7,7%
shorter waiting lists 3 27,3% - - - - - -
more confidence - - 1 12,5% 4 100,0% 4 15,4%
nearer home 4 36,4% - - 1 25,0% 10 38,5%
better treatment 3 27,3% - - 1 25,0% 3 11,5%
only one known 3 27,3% - - - - 4 15,4%
  1. For laboratory tests, hospital and public facility were considered all together.
  2. *Multiple-choice answers were possible.