Health Tourism: A Demographic Study on the Outbound Health Tourists from Bangladesh

Syed Rashidul Hasan, Md. Kamrul Hassan

Abstract


Healthcare services are obtaining tremendous growth globally. Patients
particularly from developed countries are seeking to reduce their expenditures on
healthcare through obtaining better treatment facilities in abroad that turns out a
new concept health tourism or medical tourism. This paper basically tries to explore
the present scenario and upcoming situations of health tourism around the world.
Some countries in Asia like China, India, Singapore, Thailand, are getting health
tourism as a promising business. The countries those are successful in health
tourism usually combines a medical trip with vacation. A study on two hundred
respondents who left Bangladesh for taking foreign health care services has been
conducted to recognize about the inside motives of the patients. Finally some
guidelines have been given on the basis of exploratory research to make Bangladesh
as a health tourism destination.


Keywords


Health tourism, outbound tourists, Bangladesh, descriptive statistics.

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