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Table 6 Reason for choice of outpatient healthcare provider*

From: Self-reported chronic diseases and health status and health service utilization - Results from a community health survey in Singapore

Reasons for choice % respondents who cited their preference for care providers
  Government polyclinics Specialist outpatient clinics in government hospitals Private general practitioners
  n = 342 n = 120 n = 164
Cheap 72.5 25.8 23.8
Accessible 66.1 37.5 59.8
Loyalty/familiarity 13.2 20.0 25.6
Service quality 10.8 5.8 21.3
Disease can be better managed 9.6 61.7 18.9
Doctor-related factors 8.8 30.0 23.8
Efficient 5.0 9.2 17.7
Recommended by others 3.8 10.0 5.5
More advanced technology 2.0 15.0 2.4
Good reputation 1.8 6.7 3.0
  1. * Respondents may cite more than one reason for their choice and could have visited more than one outpatient healthcare provider.