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Why the private doctor?

Dr Chris van Selm
South African Family Practice | Vol 5, No 5 | a3233 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v5i5.3233 | ©
Submitted: 31 March 2012 | Published: 24 May 1984

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Dr Chris van Selm,, South Africa

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The findings are given of a survey done in a rural area on why the patients prefer the private doctor to the local hospital or clinic. The high esteem and respect for the private doctor, together with the more personai an-d sympathetic atmosphere athis surgery out' weigh the significant financial consideration of their choice.


Physician-patient relations; Private Practice; Hospital personnel; Hospital Qutpatient Clinics; Attitude of Health Personnel; Fees, Medical.


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