Utilization of private sector family planning services in Malaysia

Lai, Siow Li and Tey, Nai Peng and Mahmud, Adzmel and Ismail, Najihah (2021) Utilization of private sector family planning services in Malaysia. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 41 (4). pp. 395-403. ISSN 0272-684X, DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0272684X20972864.

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The private sector is playing an increasingly important role in family planning services globally. The active participation of private providers is associated with a higher contraceptive prevalence rate. Objectives: To examine the differentials and determinants of the utilization of private providers for family planning services. Method: This study used the 2014 Malaysian Population and Family Survey data. Cross-tabulations and logistic regression were performed on 1,817 current users of modern methods. Results: Overall, 26 of modern method users obtained their supplies from private clinics/pharmacies and 15.2 from other sources, such as drug stores and sundry shops. The odds of utilizing the private sector for family planning services differ significantly across regions and socio-economic groups. The odds of obtaining supply from the private clinics/pharmacies were higher among the Chinese and urban women (AOR > 1), and it was lower among those from the eastern region (AOR = 0.47, 95 CI = 0.30–0.73). Non-Bumiputera, urban, higher educated, and working women, and those whose husbands decided on family planning had higher odds of obtaining the supply from the other sources (AOR > 1). Conclusion: The private sector complements and supplements the public sector in providing family planning services to the public. © The Author(s) 2020.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University Malaya Faculty Research Grant[GPF007P-2019]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Private sector;Private providers;Family planning services;Contraceptive methods;Contraceptive supply
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2022 04:20
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 04:20
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/35954

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