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      The social, political, economic effects on elderly health care in Palestine

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            Abstract

            Background: The elderly population in Palestine is small but faces many obstacles and gaps in healthcare in this low-middle income country. They are generally underserved, many living in poverty, facing difficulties in access to care and are a less well educated group of people.

            Aim: To analyze the effects on access and utilization of primary healthcare services by the elderly.

            Method: This study was part of a larger survey conducted in Palestine from Oct 2021-February 2022. Quantitative data was collected by trained interviewers using notebooks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, n=76. SPSS Version 26 was used for analysis.

            Results: There is a less well educated population with at least 75% of the elderly reported having a chronic health problem. They all reported having health insurance although meeting health care costs and out of pocket expense was a burden for at least 47%. Access to healthcare services such as acquiring a permit from the Israeli occupation forces or travelling long distances to reach care centers was a hindrance.

            Conclusion: Education and health are intertwined. By ensuring the population is educated, a sound health system is in place including universal insurance, policy makers and researchers working hand in hand will provide for more preparation for the growing populations needs while also serving to reduce inequities in health.

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            ScienceOpen Preprints
            ScienceOpen
            29 August 2022
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Nursing Department/Hebron University/Palestine
            [2 ] Mathematics and Statistics department/Hebron University/Palestine
            [3 ] Ministry of Health, Gaza, Palestine
            [4 ] Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions, Birzeit University, Palestine
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            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPW3A5X.v1
            d35adc56-7c99-477f-941c-67022e22aa68

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

            Funding
            This research was funded by the Arab Council for Social Sciences 20202022

            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Statistics,Health & Social care,Public health
            Inequities,healthcare access,Elderly,Palestine,healthcare systems

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