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Medical tourism in Romania: the case study of cardiovascular rehabilitation in Covasna

Darabont, Roxana Oana, Suceveanu, Paul, Suceveanu, Mihaela and Volintiru, Clara (2014) Medical tourism in Romania: the case study of cardiovascular rehabilitation in Covasna. Amfiteatru Economic, 16 (8). pp. 1151-1159. ISSN 2247-9104

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Romania has one of the highest mortality rates in Europe for ischemic heart disease and, especially, for cerebrovascular disease. Taking into account the actual prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, an augmentation of the demand for specialized medical services is expected. As this paper argues, this situation can have an important impact on medical tourism. We analyze original data on the case study of a hospital, specialized in cardiovascular treatment, in the Romanian county of Covasna, which is offering specific balneal procedures, such as CO2 .hydrotherapy, alongside regular rehabilitation programs. The aim of our study is to evaluate the demographic characteristics, and the pathology of the hospitalized patients, as well as the specific rehabilitation procedures. Our findings suggest that the interest of patients, with cardiovascular diseases, for medical tourism can be influenced by accessibility, by some particularities of the location, but also by the holistic nature of the rehabilitation procedures.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C4 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics > C46 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Specific Distributions
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I11 - Analysis of Health Care Markets
L - Industrial Organization > L8 - Industry Studies: Services > L83 - Sports; Gambling; Recreation; Tourism
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 10:46
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:55

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