Implications of Dual Practice on Cataract Surgery Waiting Time and Rescheduling: The Case of Malaysia

Weng Hong Fun, Ee Hong Tan, Sondi Sararaks, Shakirah Md. Sharif, Iqbal Ab Rahim, Suhana Jawahir, Vivien Han Ying Eow, Raoul Muhammad Yusof Sibert, Malindawati Mohd Fadzil, Siti Haniza Mahmud
2021 Healthcare  
Dual practice was implemented in selected Ministry of Health Malaysia hospitals to reduce brain drain and provide an alternative for patients willing to pay higher user fees to seek prompt treatment from the specialist of their choice. This study aimed to assess the implications of dual practice on waiting time and rescheduling for cataract surgery. Methods: A retrospective study was conducted in a referral hospital. Inpatient medical records of patients who underwent cataract procedures were
more » ... t procedures were used to study the waiting times to surgery and rescheduling between private and public groups. Results: Private patients had a considerably shorter waiting time for cataract surgery, seven times shorter compared to public patients where all surgeries were conducted after hours on weekdays or weekends. Additionally, 14.9% of public patients experienced surgery rescheduling, while all private patients had their surgeries as planned. The main reason for surgery rescheduling was the medical factor, primarily due to uncontrolled blood pressure and upper respiratory tract infection. Conclusion: Private service provision utilizing out-of-office hours slots for cataract surgery optimizes public hospital resources, allowing shorter waiting times and providing an alternative to meet healthcare needs.
doi:10.3390/healthcare9060653 pmid:34072671 fatcat:a5a6ywdyrnbibaxssporotrfvy