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The Marketing Mix and Development of Medical Tourism in Shiraz

Alireza Jabbari, Mohammad Kazem Rahimi Zarchi, Zahra Kavosi, Tahere Shafaghat, Ali Keshtkaran.

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Introduction: In recent years, medical tourism market has been raised as one of the income-earning and competitive industries in the world and is considered as a modern field of advanced tourism. Therefore, a great number of countries are seeking to develop this type of tourism and one of the strategies for developing this industry is using the marketing mix elements. Methods: This study was a descriptive-analytic and cross sectional one. The research community included all the public and private hospitals of Shiraz among which, 7 public and 9 private hospitals were studied. The study data were collected through a researcher-made check list whose face and content validity was confirmed by the experts. Then, the data were entered into the SPSS statistical software. According to the objectives of the study, the descriptive results were presented in frequency tables and Chi-square test was used for data analysis. In addition, P

Key words: Development, Healthcare marketing mix, Health tourism, Iran, Medical tourism, Medical tourists

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