An Evidence-Based Policy for Managing Global Health Access Through Medical Travel

Ruggeri, Kai and Ivanovic, Nevena and Razum, Josip and Kácha, Ondřej and Menezes, Igor and Zafari, Zafar and Garcia-Garzon, Eduardo (2018) An Evidence-Based Policy for Managing Global Health Access Through Medical Travel. An Evidence-Based Policy for Managing Global Health Access Through Medical Travel . ISSN 0168-8510

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.09.017

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Abstract

Global medical travel has had an increasing trend without a comprehensive, evidence-driven policy to ensure safe and effective practice. To identify key factors that influence medical travel, a series of studies culminating with a preference and decision-making component of over 500 prospective medical travelers from a number of countries. Results indicated that quality of care was the most critical factor in the decision, followed by lower costs of procedure and shorter waiting times. Lower costs were less of a factor if the procedure was more invasive, which also increased the importance of waiting time in the decision. The most desired destinations for care were in Europe (United Kingdom, Germany) and North America (United States). Building on these insights and previous literature, we present a model that for implementing applications from these factors and additional insights generated across the series of studies toward an effective policy framework.

Additional Information:The final published version of this article can be accessed online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168851018305384?via%3Dihub#ack0005
Keywords:medical travel, global health policy, medical tourism, health economics, evidence-based policy
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:33522
Deposited On:17 Oct 2018 10:23

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