Domestic Medical Tourism: Are Hospital Charges a Factor?

By Jeannie J. Scott, David S. Fike, Shishu Zhang and Cynthia L. Raehl.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Domestic medical tourism may be defined as the practice of patients traveling to states other than their state of residence for health care. This study identifies patient and hospital variables associated with total charges for hospital stays for this group of Medicare patients. This study also identifies demographic characteristices of Medicare patients who engaged in domestic medical tourism for those with elective status admitted to US hospitals. Findings from this study contribute to answering the questions: Do patients who elect to engage in out of state hospital stays have lower total charges? Might this be a factor that influences participation in domestic medical tourism?

Keywords: Medical Travel, Domestic, Health Care Costs

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.63-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 261.387KB).

Dr. Jeannie J. Scott

Assistant Dean, MBA Director, Associate Professor, School of Business, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Jeannie J. Scott, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the University of the Incarnate Word’s H-E-B School of Business and Administration in San Antonio, TX. In addition to her duties as the assistant dean and MBA director, she teaches decision sciences and management at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and has served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Examiner. She is a participant in the H-E-B International Peace Program and facilitates study abroad opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students traveling to Germany, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Mexico, England, and Guatemala. Her research interests include leadership, organizational citizenship behavior, quality management, and international business.

Dr. David S. Fike

Senior Research Statistician, School of Graduate Studies and Research, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA

David S. Fike, Ph.D. is a senior research statistician with the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the Incarnate Word. His primary focus is quantitative research dealing with health services and educational outcomes.

Dr. Shishu Zhang

Assistant Professor, School of Business, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Shishu Zhang, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), where she teaches undergraduate and MBA economics courses. Her research interests lie in Health Economics, Educational Economics, Econometrics, and Development Economics. She is interested in topics related with health policy, medical tourism, poverty, and development issues. She is the founder and advisor for the Economics Association and the Lion’s Club International at UIW.

Dr. Cynthia L. Raehl

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Cynthia Raehl, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP is Professor of Pharmacy, Family Medicine and Geriatrics and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Her research focus includes interprofessional education, and the impact of clinical pharmacists on health system outcomes.