Objective: To examine the effect of outsourcing primary care services on satisfaction levels among career soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Methods: Data were acquired via self-administered satisfaction questionnaires during the visits of soldiers and civilians to primary care clinics in military bases, hospitals, and HMO settings. Multivariable analyses (GLM) used the SAS statistical program. Results: Two hundred thirty civilians and 618 soldiers (200 in hospital clinics, 277 in military clinics, and 141 in HMO clinics) completed 848 questionnaires. Gender did not influence satisfaction level (a < 0.05). Age and rank influenced two parameters: surroundings (p = 0.0277) and availability of the medical service (p = 0.0368). Location (hospital clinic, HMO clinic, and military clinic) was the primary variable influencing and predicting satisfaction level (11.6%). "Quality of medical care" predicts only 4% of satisfaction level. Soldiers in HMO settings expressed a higher degree of satisfaction particularly in availability of service, quality of service, general satisfaction, and courtesy. Conclusions: Career soldiers in Israel value all aspects of primary care given by a civilian HMO and are willing to accept a change (outsourcing primary care to a civilian provider). As a result, decision makers should expand the provision of these services to all career soldiers in Israel. Outsourcing of medical services can serve as a model to military corps worldwide.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health