Last week someone from Malaysia contacted me after having read my blog. She said she was doing some research into the impact that blogs like mine have had toward encouraging others to take the, perhaps frightening, step to leave the comfort of their own families and cultures into an unfamiliar world on foreign soil. Ironically, I happened to be ill at the time, and am still battling this persistent chest cold – a mere coincidence I’d like to think. Anyway, enough digressing – time to get to the matter at hand and the reason for this post after such a long absence. Norrizma is a post-graduate student at the University of Malaya conducting a survey of people like you, who read this blog. She wants to know how much this blog, and others like it, has impacted your decision-making in choosing whether to travel to a another country for your medical care. You can jump straight to the survey by clicking this link:
The rest of this post is from Norrizma. She was kind enough to draft something to provide a starting point for my own thoughts. Here is what she wrote, in case you want to keep reading.
Medical Tourism is a growing industry and has been growing at an exponential rate. With the globalization concept, most countries especially developing countries as Costa Rica, India, Hungary and Thailand are actively participating in the industry. The main reason that patients are seeking healthcare abroad, presumably, is to find a less expensive alternative to the care available in their native countries. A second, but significant, reason appears to be for the purpose of avoiding the waiting time associated with certain treatments.
The competitive environment of the industry is becoming more intense as many countries are now entering this highly competitive, dynamic and volatile industry. Thus, understanding what motivates medical tourists is important for healthcare providers who desire to compete in this environment.
An academic team from University of Malaya, Malaysia is currently performing a study to find the relationship between blogs and the Medical Tourism industry. To what degree do blogs written by individuals or groups of people effect readers in choosing their medical care options? How do medical blogs help readers to make wise choices? How reliable are medical blogs to readers?
This study requires you as readers to help in determining the importance of medical tourism blogs. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes of your time and will provide valuable feedback to the industry.
You can take the survey by clicking the following link: