Situation of seven-day service among family medicine clinics in Taiwan: A nationwide survey

Wei Ting Chang, Yi Jen Wang, Hsin I. Leu, Tzeng Ji Chen, Shinn Jang Hwang, Li Fang Chou, Ming Hwai Lin*


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Background: General medicine practices in England are required to provide services from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and to also open on Saturdays and Sundays. Internationally, however, the literature regarding the temporal availability of primary health care on national levels is scarce. Methods: To provide such information regarding Taiwan, in this study, all family medicine clinics within Taiwan's National Health Insurance system were stratified by urbanization level, and the opening hours of the clinics were then analyzed. The opening hours of the clinics were downloaded and the data were extracted cross-sectionally in July 2015. For each clinic, the number of open sessions (in terms of morning, afternoon, and evening sessions) per week was calculated. For each urbanization level, the opening ratios for out-of-hours services and for seven-day services were also analyzed. Results: Among 1621 family medicine clinics, 835 were located in urban areas, 563 were suburban, and 223 were rural. The average numbers of open sessions per week among urban and suburban clinics were higher than among rural clinic (15.7 ± 3.7 and 15.8 ± 3.7 vs. 14.4 ± 4.0). Urban and suburban clinics also had higher opening ratios on weekday evenings and on weekends than rural clinics. Only 53 (3.3%) of all the clinics (29 urban clinics, 18 suburban clinics, and 7 rural clinics) remained open for all 21 sessions of a week. Conclusion: The great majority of family medicine clinics in Taiwan voluntarily offered out-of-hours services, but only a small minority remained open in all 21 sessions of a week.

頁(從 - 到)964-969
期刊Journal of the Chinese Medical Association
出版狀態Published - 11月 2018


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