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An Assessment of Competitive Factors in Medical Tourism: New Research Opportunity for Turkey

Seyma Dundar Ege and Yeter Demir Uslu
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Seyma Dundar Ege: Department of Health Management, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey
Yeter Demir Uslu: Department of Health Management, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey

International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147-4478), 2018, vol. 7, issue 2, 14-21

Abstract: Increasing globalization of the healthcare sector indicates that there arenewopportunities for emerging markets to take a bigger share from the whole healthcare industry. This is realized in the form of medical tourism where people prefer to travel to different destinations to receive medical treatments and services. Medical tourists prefer to travel for several reasons like low cost, high quality care or shorter waiting periods. The industry is growing rapidly and the annual expenditure is estimated to be around US$ 30 billion at the end of 2019. The challenging amount of expenditure whets the appetite of the countries and competitiveness becomes crucial to take more market share in this respect. Therefore the factors that build up competitiveness is identified and assessed thoroughly. This paper makes a literature review on the subject and recommends a Newresearch opportunity for Turkey in this field. Key Words: Medical tourism, Health tourism, Competitiveness, Healthcare, Stakeholders

Date: 2018
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