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Medical tourist’s perception in selecting their destination: a global perspective

Sarwar, Abdullah Al-Mamun and Abd. Manaf, Noor Hazilah and Omar, Azura (2012) Medical tourist’s perception in selecting their destination: a global perspective. Iranian Journal of Public Health, 41 (8). pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

Background: The need for better healthcare has grown significantly in recent years. In addition, the rising healthcare costs in the U.S. and in many European countries have forced many patients to seek medical treatment abroad, which has created the demand for medical tourism. With little yet known as to the perception of a medical tourist’s destination selection, this study aims to explore medical tourist’s perception in selecting their destination while going for medical treatment. Methods: Realizing the current need to examine closely the perception of medical tourists, this study had conducted a secondary study to collect data for assessing and identification of the key factors on patient’s perception and destination selection criteria. Results: The result confirms the existence of a very strong relationship between cost, service quality, treatment types and availability and marketing impact on the perception of the medical tourists’ in selecting their medical tourism destination. Conclusion: This study offers support for the proposed conceptual model and an empirical basis for comparison in future research.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 328/25504
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perception, Motivation, Medical tourism, Cost, Treatment types, Marketing impact
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: PROF DR NOORHAZILAH ABD.MANAF
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2012 14:56
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2012 14:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/25504

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