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IJSTR >> Volume 5 - Issue 4, April 2016 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616



Factors Influencing Patronage Of Medical Tourism In Metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria

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AUTHOR(S)

Omisore, E.O., Agbabiaka, H. I.

 

KEYWORDS

Medical Tourism, Factors, Patronage, Tourism, Health facilities, Healthcare

 

ABSTRACT

Since medical tourism attract patient from various origin to seek medical services at different destinations, it is paramount to consider the factors that motivate patrons’ decision on medical tourism. Hence, this study assesses the factors influencing patronage of medical tourism in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria. Lagos State is situated in the southwestern corner of Nigeria, it lies within Latitudes 6°2’N to 6°4’N of the Equator and Longitudes 2°45’E to 4°20E of the Greenwich meridian. Metropolitan Lagos is a statistical division, and not an administrative unit, it extends over 16 of the 20 LGAs of Lagos State, it contains 88% of the population of Lagos State, and includes semi-rural areas. Data were collected from primary source. Primary data collection was carried out through the use of structured questionnaire. Systematic sampling technique was employed to select 15 specialized private hospitals and 14 Public hospitals in the study area, resulting to a sample size of 29 hospitals. Ten (10) patrons were contacted in each of the selected hospitals; consequently, 290 patrons were sampled. The study revealed three factors influencing patronage of medical tourism in the study area to be service related, economic, and facilities. These were further established by factor analysis result which combine service related/ economic factor as factor one with (29.5% variance explained and Eigen value of 5.605), Facility factor as factor two with (28.6% variance explained and Eigen value of 5.435), Service related factor as factor three with (14.7% variance explained and Eigen value of 2.788) and Economic factor as factor four with (9.2% variance explained and Eigen value of 1.754). The relevant authority in charge of health facilities in the study area would have to employ adequate manpower in-terms of doctors and other healthcare personnel across the public hospital, while also regulating the scale of charges of the registered private hospitals in the study area. There is need to improve upon the state of facilities and equipment in both public and private hospital in the study area and orient these towards meeting patrons’ needs and wants for improved health care services. The study therefore concluded that the factors influencing patronage of medical tourism are service related, facilities and economic.

 

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