Editor’s Pick

Destination Image and Its Functional Relationships

Asli D. A. Tasci and William C. Gartner

Journal of Travel Research, Vol. 45(4), May 2007, 413–425

Destination image is commonly accepted as an important aspect in successful tourism development and destination marketing due to its impact on both supplyand demand- side aspects of marketing. Despite the ample amount of literature, a comprehensive conceptualization of destination image comprising its intricate relationships with several other factors on the supply and demand sides of the market has yet to emerge. In this study, a large body of literature on destination image and related concepts is reviewed and a comprehensive conceptualization of destination image is modeled by Tasci and Gartner. It was concluded that there are still many facets of this complex construct yet to be investigated empirically.

Available from: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/ download?doi=

Insurance Contracting For Health Tourism Suppliers

Maria K. Todd 2019 Self published guide

As she promised, Maria’s 20-page guide for medical and dental tourism providers (US & International) to help you learn about contracting with insurance companies, employers and government health schemes for patient referrals. It is free to share this with colleagues and associates.

If you’ve let your contract maintenance lapse into a mess, its your own fault. No one should put contacts on a shelf and forget about them in today’s marketplace. Internationally, healthcare reimbursement contracts are complex contracts that expose you to risks from norms outside your local area. If you wait too long and you miss a renewal date, you could be stuck with the same deal for another year or more.

To solve contracts problem, I believe that the guide by Maria K Todd will be helpful to you when making contracts with group health purchasers, government authorities and others that offer reimbursement contracts with health care providers.

Here is the links for guide


Hotel-like hospital rooms’ impact on patient wellbeing and willingness to pay: An examination using the theory of supportive design
Courtney Suess, Makarand Mody

October 2018, Int ernational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management 30(10) While there is increasing evidence to suggest the importance of the provision of hospitality in healthcare settings, research on these developments remains under-represented, particularly in the hospitality literature. In response, the present study builds on Ulrich’s Theory of Supportive Design to examine patient responses to hotellike features in a hospital room. Specifi ally, the study examines how features that foster a sense of control, create positive distractions, and provide access to social support influen e patients’ well-being, and subsequently, their likelihood to choose hotel-like hospital rooms and their willingness to pay higher out-of-pocket expenses for such rooms.

or such rooms. Consistent with supportive design principles, the infusion of hotel-like features that foster a sense of control for patients, create positive distractions, and provide access to social support was found to positively impact patients’ physical and mental well-being, which, in turn, increased their likelihood to choose a hospital room with hotel-like features and their willingness to pay for such rooms.

The study provides researchers with a theoretically supported framework for future inquiry into the domain. It also makes a signifi ant contribution to advancing the research on patient wellbeing in healthcare settings, and demonstrates the importance of hospitality to such endeavors.

Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321061607_Hot ellike_hospital_rooms’_impact_on_patient_well-being_and_willingness_to_pay_An_ examination_using_the_theory_of_supportive_design

Moving beyond the ‘language problem’: developing an understanding of the intersections of health, language and immigration status in interpreter- mediated health encounters

Teresa Piacentini, Catherine O’Donnell, Alison Phipps, Ima Jackson, Niamh Stack

Language and Intercultural Communication
Published Online: 18 Jun 2018

Health systems internationally are dealing with greater diversity in patient populations. However, the focus on ‘the  language  problem’ has meant little attention is paid to diversity within and between migrant populations; and how interpreted consultations are influen ed by intersecting migratory, ethnicity and sociodemographic variables. Piacentini et al analysis of the experiences of patients, health care providers and interpreters in Scotland evidences the need to move beyond  language, addressing multiple hidden inequalities in health care access and provision that operate in both clinic and, especially, home-based settings

both clinic and, especially, home-based settings.  This article has set out some ways in which the challenges of intercultural communication and the practical problems of linguistic diversity and migration trajectory implicitly and explicitly shape different aspects of the health care encounters between service users and service providers of culturally diverse backgrounds.

Piacentini et al found that acknowledging the diversity of migrant populations is a helpful vantage point from which to view the newness and novelty of increasing diversity in our setting, and that the intersectional perspective proved fruitful in exploring the negative politics of hidden multiple inequalities.

Their findings reveal the need to widen out axes of inequality in health care encounters to include migrationrelated variables, such as migration trajectory and status and indeed the conditions of stay

Available from: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/163430/1/163430.pdf

“I didn’t have to prove to anybody that I was a good candidate”: a case study framing international bariatric tourism by Canadians as circumvention tourism

Carly Jackson, Jeremy Snyder, Valorie Crooks, M. Ruth Lavergne

December 2018, BMC Health Ser vices Research 18(1 )

This paper examines bariatric surgery obtained abroad by Canadians through the lens of ‘circumvention tourism’ – typically applied to cases of circumvention of legal barriers but here applied to regulatory circumvention. Despite bariatric surgery being available domestically through public funding, many

The barriers restricting domestic access to bariatric care in Canada may leave Canadian patients with a sense that their health care system is not adequately addressing their specifi health care needs. In circumventing these barriers, patients may feel empowered in their health care opportunities; however, signifi ant concerns are raised when patients bypass protections built into the health system. Given the practical limitations of a publicly funded health care system, these barriers to care are likely to persist. Health professionals and policy makers in Canada should consider these barriers in the future when examining the implications medical tourism for bariatric surgery holds for Canadians.

Available from: https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/ s12913-018-3385-2

South-South Medical Tourism

Meghann Ormond, Heidi Kaspar October 2018

In book: Routledge Handbook of South-South Relations

Today, the vast majority of so-called medical tourists receiving treatment in Global South destinations are themselves from other parts of the Global South.

Demographic and epidemiological transitions, on the one hand, and the neo-liberalisation both of national health systems and international development aid, on the other, have produced signifi ant care gaps in Global South countries. While projectified development aid leaves the care needs of those outside its remit unaddressed, healthcare commercialisation provides options only to those who can afford them.

Medical tourism is a product of healthcare neoliberalisation. And yet medical tourism has also emerged as a signifi ant option for a growing number of patients to circumvent not only prohibitive medical costs and legal restrictions but also social stigma associated with their conditions back home.

M. Ormond and H. Kaspar have demonstrated how South-South medical tourism reconfigures relations between source and destination countries’ populations.

Ormond and Kaspar have shown how patients’ transnational movements both reflect and foster asymmetrical social, economic and political relations that make it possible for those in some countries to be in a position to address the care deficiencies of those in other countries.

Available from: https://www.academia.edu/35829408/2018_forthcoming_SouthSouth_ medical_tourism_in_Routledge_Handbook_of_ SouthSouth_Relations