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Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy

Medical Tourism in Germany

Determinants of International Patients‘ Destination Choice

Authors: Schmerler, Klaus

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  • Provides essential new insights into medical tourism
  • Presents a case study on inbound medical tourism in Germany
  • Develops a sound modeling framework for quantifying the drivers and effects of international patients’ choice of destination
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This book examines the drivers of inbound medical tourism in Germany. In light of growing international trade of medical services, it provides a quantitative analysis of the determinants of international patients’ choice of destination. It develops coherent definitions of medical tourism and medical travel, and presents multiple unique data sets to identify inbound medical travelers in Germany. Further, it introduces an empirical modeling framework for investigating and quantifying the drivers and effects of a patient's choice of destination at the national, hospital and individual level. A particular focus of the analysis lies on cultural proximity and personal networks as key channels to convey trust in a destination’s service. In addition, real consideration sets of international patients are presented. The findings presented are embedded in a global context and will help inform future empirical investigations and modeling. 

About the authors

Dr. Klaus Schmerler is a researcher at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. His research focuses on the empirical investigation of medical tourism and trade in health services, a topic at the intersection of health economics, econometrics and international trade.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03988-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03987-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medical Tourism in Germany
Book Subtitle
Determinants of International Patients‘ Destination Choice
Authors
Series Title
Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03988-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03988-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03987-5
Series ISSN
0927-4987
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 248
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 62 illustrations in colour
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