Trust in health care systems Arab minority, Jewish immigrant and non-immigrant

Ronit Pinchas-Mizrachi, N. Daoud

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The objective of this study was to examine the level of trust towards Israel’s health care services (HCS) among Palestinian-Arab minority, Jewish immigrant, and non-immigrant Jewish citizens. Previous studies have shown that minorities and immigrants have less trust in health care system (HCSys), which might represent a barrier in access to, and utilization of HCS.
We obtained cross-sectional nationwide census data from the 2017 Social Survey of the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. We studied levels of trust in the HCSys based on a survey question: ’Do you have trust in the healthcare system?” We conducted logistic regression analysis within and between the study groups to compare levels of trust, after adjustment for different relevant covariates in different models.

Compared to non-immigrant Jews, Arabs had higher trust in the HCS (odds ratio (OR)=3.08, 95% confidence intervals (CI)=3.06,3.10) and compared to non-immigrant Jews, immigrant Jews had more trust (OR = 1.96, 95% CI = 1.94,1.98), even after adjusting for gender, age, education level, religiosity level, perceived discrimination, self-rated health status, HCS use, and having private health insurance. The variables that predicted trust in the HCSys were different in each ethnic group.
Contrary to our hypothesis and to previous research, Arab and immigrant Jewish respondents in our study had greater trust in the HCS compared to non-immigrant Jews. This might relate to different expectations among our study groupsof the patient-caregiver relations which might affect the access to and utilization of HCS and finally might affect the quality of care.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 13 Nov 2019


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