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MEDICAL TOURISM MARKET IN TURKEY AND REVERSE INNOVATION: AN OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF MEDICAL TOURISM STATISTICS (2012, 2013, 2014) AND THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDERS
(2016)
  • Armando Aliu, Istanbul Commerce University
  • Hakkı Çılgınoğlu, Istanbul Commerce University
  • Ömer Özkan, Istanbul Commerce University
  • Dorian Aliu, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Abstract

In recent years, a striking rapid-growth has been occurred in Turkish medical tourism market. This study aims to analyze stakeholders’ interactions, destination governance, reverse innovation and the role of central government (i.e. Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health) in Turkish medical tourism market. Further, the study introduces medical tourism datasets of 2013-2014 that were produced by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health in a comparative manner. In this respect, some categorical distinctions (i.e. medical tourism, tourists’ health, hospital types and so forth) have been made for using and applying datasets, properly. In a legal and consistent way, permission was taken from the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health authorities in order to use these datasets within the framework of this investigation. The objective of this study is to shed lights on scientists and practitioners who work on subjects that are relevant to the Turkish medical tourism research field. Likewise, this investigation is the first attempt that links up reverse innovation and stakeholder approach as a holistic strategy and competitive advantage tool in Turkish medical tourism market.
Keywords
  • Medical Tourism,
  • Tourists' Health,
  • Destination Governance,
  • Reverse Innovation,
  • Stakeholders,
  • Central Government,
  • Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health
Publication Date
2016
Comments

The authors are grateful to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health for supporting them by means of sharing the 2013-2014 statistical datasets. Likewise, they are indebted to the Organizing Committee of the 7th International Health Tourism Congress for their support and collaboration. Furthermore, the authors would like to express their sincere thanks to Istanbul Commerce University for ensuring them institutional opportunities. They are conscious of the fact that Istanbul Commerce University is a scientific platform where scientists are privileged for enhancing their potential of inspiration.

A previous version of this research was presented as a proceeding at the 7th International Health Tourism Congress which is organized every year by Health Tourism Association of Turkey. The congress was held on 18-21st November 2015 in Silence Istanbul Hotel & Convention Center (Istanbul / TURKEY). Likewise, this investigation was written in the framework of a large-scale practical research project (Project Code: ICU-DUPA/2015-EUP-01) that is conducted at Istanbul Commerce University, Research and Project Development Academy (DUPA).

Citation Information
Armando Aliu, Hakkı Çılgınoğlu, Ömer Özkan and Dorian Aliu. "MEDICAL TOURISM MARKET IN TURKEY AND REVERSE INNOVATION: AN OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF MEDICAL TOURISM STATISTICS (2012, 2013, 2014) AND THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDERS" (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/armando_aliu/3/