The paper "Tourism Sector in the Asian Countries" is a great example of a case study on tourism. There are so many countries that are catering to medical tourists in the world. The aim of this case study is to find out the situation of the medical tourism sector in Asian countries. In addition, the case study will find out the competitive advantage that some countries have over others in Asia. This will be achieved by reviewing all the available literature concerning the selected countries in the case study. EXECUTIVE SUMMARYMedical tourism is an international phenomenon of people traveling across the international borders seeking health care services that are otherwise not available in their countries of residence either due to high prices, poor facilities, unprofessionalism, and long waiting lists.
Previously, the medical tourism sector was dominated by the United States of America (US) and Britain. Currently, with the development of infrastructure and technology, many international patients prefer Asia to the US and Britain. The case study in this report was conducted on three countries from Asia: namely India, Thailand, and Singapore. The main aim of the researcher was to find out the key issues and challenges in the medical tourism industry in Asia. After thorough research of journals, conference papers, books, and online materials it was concluded that Asia has the most preferred medical tourism hubs which include India, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore among others.
These medical tourism hubs are cost-effective, have qualified medical personnel, and use modern medical technologies. The main challenges facing the medical tourism industry in Asia include poor infrastructure, poor medical tourism facilities, the unequal ratio between doctors and patients, overcrowding in the major cities, and lack of government support. The main recommendations proposed by this paper include policy and institutional reforms, memorandum of understanding between the sending and the receiving country, code of ethics for professionals, and improvement of the infrastructure. INTRODUCTIONEvery year patients from all over the world seek treatment for dreaded diseases like heart diseases, cancer, kidney diseases, orthopedics, liver diseases, pediatric diseases, etc.
These patients seek professional treatment from some of the specialized hospitals abroad.
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