Quality of Care in Modern Contraceptive Service Delivery in the Public and Private Sector: A Cross Sectional Study in Indonesia

  •  Ekoriano Mario    
  •  Ardiana Irma    


The Government of Indonesia has established a set of program interventions to enhance the quality of family planning services. The program gives preferences to the acceptance of family planning services and the readiness of the supply side. This study is intended to better understand the extent to which the public and private sectors deliver quality family planning services in 4 selected provinces within Indonesia. The six elements of quality of care (Bruce, 1990) were utilized as the study framework. The study confirmed that the mean of all six elements of quality of care are significant (alpha =0,05) in two out of the four study sites. From the clients’ point of view, information on contraceptive choices was the most neglected aspect in the public health facilities, while ‘follow up and a continuity mechanism’ was most neglected in the private health facilities. The equity index showed a substantial difference in the overall quality of care between the two types of health facilities (public= 4.53 versus private= 5.34). As far as health providers are concerned, quality of care is still below the optimum standard. Emphasis should be given to formally shape the desired health provider behavior and find a way to create an ‘after-sales-service’ scheme. The concept of quality goals need to be mindful of program maturity across regions. Periodic monitoring and evaluation is required to ensure more client satisfaction which leading to more sustained use of modern contraceptives.

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