Barriers to accessing healthcare services in developing nations

reflective lessons for the gulf cooperation council countries

Hussah Alghodaier*, Mohamed Khalifa, Lubna Al-Nasser, Mowafa Househ, Ali Al-Shehri, Majid Alsalamah, Ashraf El-Metwally

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Patient satisfaction with the healthcare services is critical to addressing the barriers to accessing healthcare. Many combined factors are responsible for the poor accessibilities to primary healthcare centers. Less availability of prescription drugs and less thoroughness of care are most frequently associated with high rates of patient dissatisfaction. The low satisfaction rates of patients need to be investigated further to promote prevention programs and increase utilization of healthcare services by patients. The purpose of this book chapter is to analyse the critical dimensions that influence patient satisfaction with primary healthcare services in six gulf countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealthcare ethics and training
Subtitle of host publicationconcepts, methodologies, tools, and applications
EditorsMehdi Khosrow-Pour
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781522522393
ISBN (Print)1522522379, 9781522522386
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Previously published in M. Sheikh, A. Mahamoud, & M. Househ (Eds.) (2015), Transforming Public Health in Developing Nations (pp. 121-132). IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8702-8.ch006

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