A Dearth of Empirical Investigations

  • Klaus Schmerler
Part of the Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy book series (HEPP, volume 13)


This chapter outlines the motivation to engage in empirical investigations of medical tourism. While the medical tourism literature explores its legal and ethical issues in considerable detail, the absence of quantitative studies in this field has left stakeholders without appropriate empirical guidance. The author identifies stakeholder benefits that have been associated with medical tourism and briefly explains his focus on inbound medical tourism in Germany and on cultural proximity and networks as its drivers. ‘A Dearth of Empirical Investigations’ concludes with an outline of the book which connects the required groundwork in Chaps. 2 and 3 with the empirical investigations in Chaps. 4 through 6.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Schmerler
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  1. 1.Martin Luther University Halle-WittenbergHalle (Saale)Germany

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