Healthcare Internationalisation: An analysis of the behaviour of medical practitioners towards local patients


  • Nuraisyah Chua Abdullah Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam Malaysia
  • Herwina Rosnan Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School, Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam. Selangor.
  • Norzayana Yusof Centre for Postgraduate and Professional Studies, Faculty of Business and Management, University Teknologi MARA. Shah Alam. Selangor.



Medical Tourism, Healthcare Internationalisation, Medical Practitioners’ Behaviour, Local Patients


Malaysia is among the chosen countries for medical tourism due to its excellent healthcare services. Nevertheless, there are concerns if service providers are balancing the local and foreign patient’s demands. Due to the lack of discussion on medical practitioners’ behaviour towards local patients, this paper aims to analyse the similarities and differences of their behaviour on these two groups. Through literature analysis, it is found that unhealthy behaviour towards local patients is profound. Hence, the discussions are hoped to spark the policy-makers’ attention in restructuring the healthcare policy to realign the medical practitioners’ behaviour on both patient groups.

eISSN: 2398-4287© 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bsby e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.



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Abdullah, N. C., Rosnan, H., & Yusof, N. (2018). Healthcare Internationalisation: An analysis of the behaviour of medical practitioners towards local patients. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 3(8), 25-31.

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