Ghana has been plagued by cases in the news of patients being turned away at major
hospitals in the country due to overcapacity and a lack of beds This study examines role
primary care plays in alleviating the pressure faced at secondary and tertiary facilities
assessing and identifies challenges and weaknesses inhibiting its function as a gatekeeper.
The paper seeks to assess patient perceptions and understanding of the primary care system,
while also taking in to account the role of providers and systematic challenges.
The study population was located within the Greater Accra East District of Ghana and
chosen because of the predominance of primary care facilities and the absence of secondary
and tertiary facilities. Data was collected using qualitative techniques such as in-depth
interviews and questionnaires and analysed using both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
The results revealed generally poor perceptions of primary care by respondents which
was largely influenced by the limited facilities, equipment and staff available at primary care
facilities. Despite this, the results indicated that finances played a less prominent role as a
barrier to the utilization of primary care facilities with waiting times and standard of care
being the most prominent barriers. Other deficiencies include: (1) the weak referral system
(2) dangers of pharmacy practice (3) lack of specialists (4) The study proposes pol
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