Discussion about global number of medical tourists

How many medical tourist do we speak about globally? Is it really a huge number. Very good summary of “number of MTs”.

I quoted from Keith Pollard www.imtj.com From that LINK

 

McKinsey and the medical tourism numbers game…

According to a new report on medical tourism from McKinsey (login required):

  • “Between      60,000 and 85,000 people annually travel abroad for inpatient hospital      care, a number…..far lower than commonly assumed”. Read more of this post
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Medical Tourist proccess flow

Medical Tourism patient’s proccess flow  had been explained in USAID Jordan Medical Tourism report. 

http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNADT053.pdf

Typically, a medical tourist admission or treatment follows the following pathway, where the purely “medical” steps are highlighted in bold:

Step 1: Patient referred (either by self, a Facilitator, a Third Party Administrator, or other)

1. Procedure identified 2. Hospital and doctor/specialist selected 3. Define transition of care (with home and target physician) 4. Payment coordinated 5. Legal issues and waivers discussed and signed off 6. Clinical background provided (MEDICAL) Read more of this post

American medical tourist

Who is medical tourist of America?  There is a study about it. A Survey of Consumers’ Perceptions toward Medical Tourism (2011 study) By Lydia L. Gan and James R. Frederick http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2194850

This paper identified demographic groups who are likely to participate in medical tourism and further identified three components (risk-related, social-related, vacation-related) that explain their motivation to travel abroad for treatment. Provided 522 samples. (1) The uninsured, low-income, and Black consumers are more sensitive to risk-related factors than the well-insured, middle- to high- income groups, and white consumers; (2) The older and the married consumers are more motivated by socialrelated factors than the young adults aged 18-21 and single (never married); (3) Surprisingly, the more proficient one is in a foreign language, the less one is motivated by social-related factors. This study can help medical tourism agents to refine their marketing strategies and the employers and insurance companies to better partner with foreign healthcare providers to encourage participation in medical tourism.

Characteristics of medical tourists from England

If you want to attract medical tourist as a country, you must have information about all the country tourist’s characteristics and you have to improve strategies for that countries. Policy making requires “knowledge” at first step. This is report of “treatmentabroad” (Editor’s Note).

  1. It’s not simple it’s very complex. Survey is for 1.045 people, from 74 countries to 78 countries for more than 100 treatments. 55 percent of them is from UK
  2. UK medical tourism about self pay (ıt must be a result of social health system of UK. Citizen can access to healthcare with insurance EN)
  3. 36 percent spend on tourism 4.000 sterlin or more. 39 percent 2.000-4.000
  4. It’s about cosmetic(%42), dental(%32) and obesity(%9), infertility(%4) and orthopedy (%4)
  5. It’s cross border, ıt’s regional, ıt’s not global (Belgium, Spain, Poland, Czech, Hunhary and Turkey) Read more of this post