The Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps operates a health network for Israel Defense Forces soldiers. Secondary medicine is included in the services to which soldiers are entitled. It is provided to military personnel through two parallel systems: within the Medical Corps specialists' clinics and through the auspices of a number of civilian hospital outpatient clinics. The military medical system, like the civilian medical system, is designed to serve its clientele. One of the indices for ascertainment of satisfaction with medical services is compatibility of client expectations with the service actually received. In this study, we present a gap index that demonstrates that there is gap in satisfaction among soldiers receiving secondary medical services from the military network compared with soldiers who receive secondary medical services from the civilian network. We designed a questionnaire administered to 1,532 soldiers and used 1,359 (89% response rate) for our analysis. The military system provides soldiers with services fully in synch with military regulations. Consequently, in most cases, there is a gap between soldiers' expectations from military medical service and the service they receive in practice - a phenomena that impairs soldier satisfaction. On the other hand, soldiers receiving medical services and treatment from the public civilian system receive, for the most part, service and treatment that meets or even exceeds their expectations because the system operates according to other regulations.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health