Characteristics of Medical Services in the US Versus Saudi Arabia
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages: 588-591
Received: Apr. 21, 2015; Accepted: Jun. 1, 2015; Published: Jun. 16, 2015
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Ibrahim Saad Alsumaih, Home Health Care, Prince Saud Bin Jalawi Hospital, Al Ahssa, Saudi Arabia
Fahad Abdulaziz Aldhuwayhi, Nursing office and Emergency department in Howtat Sudair Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abstract
The scholarships provided by the Saudi Arabian government have made it possible for many students to acquire higher education in the United States (U.S.). The students have the privilege of comparing aspects between the two countries. The survey that is outlined in this paper shows that many students perceive medical services in the U.S. as being better than those provided in Saudi Arabia (SA). The survey was conducted in March 2015. Some 1,299 students participated in filling out online questionnaires. After ineligibles were excluded, some 663 participants were selected for the study. The variables of interest were health complaints as well as the perception that these services are better in the U.S. than in SA. Measures of tendency were presented, and independent t-tests were performed. The chi-square test was also used to find any relationships between income and clinic visits. The chi-square tests indicated no association and the t-test showed that the perception of many students favored the U.S. health care systems (US Department of state, 2015) Further research was also carried out in order to find the probable reason for students’ feedbacks. After analyzing several pieces of literature, no differences were found in technological advances between the two countries. However, the approaches of delivering health services were found to differ in terms of patient-doctor relationship. (M, G, & M, 2011)
Keywords
Healthcare in Saudi Arabia, Healthcare in United States, Perception, Differences
To cite this article
Ibrahim Saad Alsumaih, Fahad Abdulaziz Aldhuwayhi, Characteristics of Medical Services in the US Versus Saudi Arabia, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2015, pp. 588-591. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20150304.29
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