Investigating the potential benefits of medical group practice to the private health care sector in Ghana
The aim of the study was to investigate the benefits of medical group practice to the private healthcare sector in Ghana. The 51 respondents of the study consisted of doctors, hospital administrators, and the Director of Private Hospital and Maternity Homes Board. The research instruments used was the semi-structured interview guide consisting of open-ended and close-ended questions. The non-probability sampling technique was applied to select 10 private hospitals in Accra: 40 doctors and 10 hospital administrators; and the Director of Private Hospital and Maternity Homes Board. The results of the study showed that the main benefits of the medical group practice included flexibility among the physicians, internal referrals, reduction in the startup cost for physicians and reduce the expenses made by patients.The measures that could be taken to enhance the successful operations of medical group practice in Ghana include education and a well research of the practice done by physicians. There is, therefore, the need for all stakeholders such as health professionals, civil society organizations, the community and the government to implement these and other measures to enhance the implementation of medical group practice.
Thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, May 2013
Ghana, Medical Group Practice, Ghana, private health care