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    Rydback, Michelle
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies. University of Gävle.
    Hyder, A. S.
    University of Gävle.
    Customization in medical tourism in the Philippines2018In: International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, ISSN 1750-6123, E-ISSN 1750-6131, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 486-500Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: Focusing on customization, this paper aims to examine how service providers market health care in emerging markets through medical tourism. Design/methodology/approach: Using a qualitative method, researchers conducted 18 semi-structured interviews with managers from five health-care providers and supporting organizations in the Philippines. For analysis, data from the service providers are compared. Findings: Customization is found to play crucial role in offering health-care services. The customization takes place by adapting to emotional, social and cultural needs; alleviating knowledge asymmetry; and moderating the negative impact of the unfamiliar context experienced by international patients. Research/limitations implications: The empirically grounded theoretical framework needs to be tested in different contexts for generalization. Practical implications: The study focuses on understanding and responding to the needs of international patients, also demonstrating that health-care marketing must be developed through a joint effort by both the medical and business sides of health-care providers. Social implications: The paper acknowledges the need for health-care marketing and the novel role of health-care providers. Originality/value: Using a marketing lens, this study sheds light on the underexplored industry of medical tourism. 

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