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1 International Study of Medical Tourism Dr. Alsharif Mohd Jamal

2 Medical Tourism Definitions It is a new kind of business where patients from developed countries travel abroad seeking treatment in developing countries, because of the low cost and the quick access. Dr. Alsharif

3 We classified the medical tourists according to the reasons of the treatment: 1- Costs of healthcare 2-The alternative medicine 3-Privacy and high-quality service 4-Contribution of the doctors 5- Waiting period 6-Lack of services at home Dr. Alsharif

4 Terms: Health tourism = Health travel = Medical travel = Global healthcare = Medical journeys = Cross border healthcare Dr. Alsharif Kinds of MT: Emergency tourism Dental tourism Transplant tourism Alternative medicine tourism Elective Surgical tourism Rehabilitation tourism Cosmetic tourism Fertility tourism Stem cells tourism Wellness tourism Diagnostic tourism

5 The United States of America UK and Canada Many developing countries Dr. Alsharif

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7 Dr. Alsharif MT is a specific branch of science Government Investors

8 MT is the fastest growing business type in the world : 1-advancement in medical technology 2-more affordable travel 3-availability of information 4-medical investors Dr. Alsharif

9 to analyze the MT markets and strategies in China, India, United Arab Emirate and Jordan. Objective:

10 Dr. Alsharif China Wide range of medical specialties and medical specialized hospitals. Many hospitals in major cities have established international departments. Many leading hospitals provide treatments integrating TCM with Western medical technology and techniques. China is home to leading stem cell research and treatment hospitals that offer Westerners who want to take advantage of stem cell treatments. wikipedia

11 Dr. Alsharif India Advantages: reduced costs, the availability of latest medical technologies and a growing compliance on international quality standards, less likely to face a language barrier. The Indian government is taking steps to address infrastructure issues that hinder the country's growth in MT. India is known in particular for heart & ortho surgery, and other areas of advanced medicine. Ministry of Tourism India is planning to extend its Market Development Assistance scheme to cover Joint Commission International (JCI) and National Accreditation Board of Hospitals (NABH) certified hospitals. wikipedia

12 Dr. Alsharif Jordan More than 250,000 patients from other countries sought treatment in Jordan in ,000 Iraqis, 25,000 patients each from Palestine and Sudan, 1,800 US citizens, 1,200 UK citizens, 400 Canadians. Treatment costs can be as low as 25 % of costs in the US. The kingdom was rated as number one in the region and 5 th in the world as a MT hub in a study by the World Bank. wikipedia

13 Dr. Alsharif UAE Hospitals in Dubai and other emirates have expressed an intent to develop in MT. Many hospitals have American-sourced international healthcare accreditation, while others are looking towards the UK, Australia and Canada for accreditation services. Dubai Healthcare City is the worlds 1st healthcare free zone. It consists of the Medical Community, which is made up of 4.1 million square feet. It has branches of Harvard Medical Univ, Boston Univ, and Mayo Clinic. wikipedia

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17 The 720 patients information was documented based on their medical records and a structured questionnaire. 100 in China 406 in India 52 in UAE 212 in Jordan Materials and Methods:

18 Dr. Alsharif 1- All patients included in this series were specially traveled for the treatment in those countries. 2- In all cases, age, sex, occupation, nationality, the hospitalization period, the tourism activity, the airline, the way to find the medical clinic, the treatment, and the difficulties the patients met before and after treatment were retrospectively analyzed.

19 Dr. Alsharif Questionnaire: 1-Arabic 2-Chinese 3-Russian 4-German 5-French English

20 Dr. Alsharif Results: The age group ChinaIndiaUAEJordan % % % % Under Over Total

21 Dr. Alsharif The sex distribution female: male China 1:1.5 India 1:1.4 UAE 1:0.5 Jordan 1:0.7 50% of the patients had university degrees, while Technical school graduate steps the 2 nd with 29%.

22 Dr. Alsharif Nationality ChinaIndiaUAEJordan % % % % Canada France Iraq Oman Qatar Saudi Arab UAE UK USA

23 Dr. Alsharif In China, 43% of the patients seek for the treatment was because the alternative medicine. 20% because the reasonable prices, 26% (all British and Canadian) because the waiting period in their countries. In India, 71% of the patients seek for the treatment because the reasonable prices. In Jordan, 77% seek for the treatment because they did not have such treatment in their countries. In UAE, 81% seek for the treatment because the privacy and the high quality of the medical services.

24 Dr. Alsharif 45% of the patients knew about the possibility to undergo their treatment from their own friends, relatives, or colleagues. 35% of the patients read about it in the internet. 15% of the patients knew about it from the advertising. 13% of the patients where recommended by primary care physician or medical mediators. 3% were recommended by insurance companies.

25 Dr. Alsharif The difficulties the patients found (%)

26 Dr. Alsharif The treatment ChinaIndiaUAEJordan % % % % Ear, Nose Orthopedic Alternative medicine Eye problem Dental Organ Oncology Cosmetic Rehabilitation Bariatric Cardiac Laparoscopy Total

27 Dr. Alsharif The treatment results (%)

28 Dr. Alsharif The patients participated in a tourist activity and sightseeing accompanying their treatment China 78% India 70% UAE 27% Jordan 69%

29 Dr. Alsharif Patients opinion of the medical industry ChinaIndiaUAEJordan excellent76%45.8%,50%35.8% good10%47.3%46.2%45.3% not that good6%4.4%3.8%14.2% poor8%2.5%0%4.7% will come back for further treatment 86%89%66%83%

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31 International patients are flying mostly to Asia for elective & cosmetic procedures, dental implants or to have hip replacement in countries such as China, Jordan, UAE, and India. MT is not only seeking for treatments abroad because the prices, but also the leak of such treatment in patients countries, high quality service, and waiting period.. Conclusion :

32 Dr. Alsharif Each player in the healthcare system must play their role in ensuring and encouraging that the MT market will continue to grow and benefit those that are in it – both patients and providers. MT, management, and marketing scientists should work hand in hand to organize and develop this branch of science.

33 Dr. Alsharif The world becomes a small village, so we need more international cooperation to standardize and uniform the medical care.

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