Title: Health tourism : definition focused on the Swiss market and conceptualisation of health(i)ness
Authors : Hofer, Susanne
Honegger, Franziska
Hubeli, Jonas
Published in : Journal of Health Organization and Management
Volume(Issue) : 26
Issue : 1
Pages : 60
Pages to: 80
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Emerald Publishing
Issue Date: 2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Tourism; Health(i)ness
Subject (DDC) : 338: Production
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Purpose: To give an overview of current research regarding the concept of "health tourism" with a focus on Switzerland, and to see if a consensus on this concept and its embedding in existing/future markets can be found. Design/methodology/approach: Explorative study combining literature review, questionnaires and qualitative interviews. Grounded theory was employed. Findings: A service from the field of health care must have been provided prior to health tourism, allowing it to be classified under the health care system. Thus, health tourism is classified under the market for the sick and not under tourism which targets the healthy. Furthermore a new market for the healthy is emerging, which needs to be defined. As an example Health(i)ness could help to clarify the terminology, to be seen as a gatekeeper of health and as a cultural paradigm change from cure to prevention. Research implications: Further research is needed, regarding the positioning and development of health tourism and its synergies, as the cost pressures in health care increase and will continue to have a sustainable impact on health tourism. Practical implications: Better knowledge of the term health tourism, its general classification, and particular reference to Switzerland, and information about upcoming changes in health care. Originality/value: The findings add to the knowledge of how health tourism is embedded into health care and tourism, and show potential within the market for the healthy. To members of the tourism and health care market.
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Facility Management (IFM)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1108/14777261211211098
ISSN: 1477-7266
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/6250
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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