Title: The attitude of Greek society to public-private partnerships in the public health sector

Authors: Georgios N. Chatzipoulidis; Georgios N. Aretoulis; Glykeria P. Kalfakakou

Addresses: Hippokration General Hospital of Thessaloniki, 49 Konstandinoupoleos str, Thessaloniki, 54642 Greece; Department of Construction Equipment and Management, School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece ' Department of Construction Equipment and Management, School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece ' Department of Construction Equipment and Management, School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract: The need for reengineering the National Health Service of Greece is undeniable. Public private partnerships are examined as a possible funding tool. The research focus was on the social reaction of Greek society towards implementation of PPPs in the public health sector. Previous attempts to implement PPPs failed as a result of intense opposition from the citizens. A structured questionnaire survey took place. There were 500 recorded responses. Descriptive statistics and correlation analysis focusing on place of residence, age, and gender, were implemented, using SPSS. Both approaches appear to lead to the same conclusions. Respondents indicated that a positive social reaction was found towards the involvement of the private sector in providing specific support services during the contract. On the other hand, there is a great reluctance to involve the private sector in any service related to the direct provision of curative care to the patients in public hospitals.

Keywords: public-private partnerships; PPPs; Greek National Health Service; health infrastructure; critical success factors; public acceptance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2017.10009745

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2017 Vol.16 No.3/4, pp.204 - 226

Received: 10 May 2016
Accepted: 20 Apr 2017

Published online: 21 Dec 2017 *

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