What is it about?

Considering the geopolitical changes in the six Western Balkan countries over the last three decades, particularly as it concerns the progress and changes in the healthcare systems, we argue that there is a need for a detailed analysis of people's trust in those healthcare systems and healthcare providers.

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Why is it important?

Citizens in the Western Balkans have a low level of trust in their healthcare system (X̄ = 4.3/10). Medical doctors working in private healthcare institutions, on the other hand, are afforded a higher level of trust (X̄ = 6.6/10) than those working in public healthcare institutions (X̄ = 5.7/10).


The research was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Societies in the Western Balkans have been polarized towards doctors in public and private health institutions. Also, the increase in profit on the part of health institutions in private clinics has been enormous. The above-mentioned reasons were intended to measure (dis)trust in doctors and public and private healthcare institutions.

Driton Maljichi

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This page is a summary of: (Dis)trust in doctors and public and private healthcare institutions in the Western Balkans, Health Expectations, July 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/hex.13562.
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