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Table 2 Participants’ perceptions regarding choice, equatability and trust in the public health system

From: Association between trust in the public healthcare system and selecting a surgeon in public hospitals in Israel: a cross-sectional population study

  Study population N = 865
Statement Agree to a very great extent Agree to a great extent Somewhat agree Disagree Do not know
To receive good and beneficial medical treatment, one has to have connections. n (28.9%) n (25.5%) n (20.7%) n (22.8%) n (2.1%)
To receive good and beneficial medical treatment, one has to have money. n (26%) n (31.3%) n (18.9%) n (23.4%) n (0.5%)
Those who have private medical insurance or complementary health insurance receive better health care within the public health system. n (21.3%) n 34.9%) n (19.9%) n (19.3%) n (4.6%)
In the public health system, the queues for surgery are determined according to medical justification or medical need. n (14.3%) n (38.8%) n (24.5%) n (13.6%) n (8.7%)
The queues in the public health system are always longer than those for private healthcare. n (51.5%) n (33.3%) n (6.6%) n (4.0%) n (4.6%)
I believe and trust my HMO physician. n (27.9%) n (44.6%) n (18.6%) n (8.0%) n (0.9%)
I believe and trust the physician who attended to me in the hospital. n (17.3%) n (52.2%) n (22.3%) n (5.6%) n (2.7%)
The public health system is equitable. n (11.1%) n (29.9%) n (29.0%) n (27.1%) n (2.9%)
The public health system should allow shortening queues by private pay. n (12.3%) n (17.3%) n (18.0%) n (49.7%) n (2.6%)
Everyone should be allowed to choose a surgeon, free of charge, in public hospitals. n (48.1%) n (33.9%) n (10.0%) n (6.7%) n (1.2%)
Statement Very important Important Not so important Not important at all Do not know
Should you require surgery, how important would it be for you to choose the hospital where the surgery will be performed? n (64.8%) n (27.6%) n (4.6%) n (2.8%) n (0.2%)
Should you require surgery, how important would it be for you to choose the surgeon? n (63.2%) n (26.9%) n (6.3%) n (3.0%) n (0.4%)