From Servicescape to Loyalty in the Medical Tourism Industry: A Medical Clinic's Service Perspective

Inquiry. 2017 Jan-Dec;54:46958017746546. doi: 10.1177/0046958017746546.


Medical tourism organizations have increasingly recognized that loyalty makes a medical clinic a marketing success. To increase understanding of the importance of medical clinics, this study examined the roles of servicescapes, emotions, and satisfaction in the development of customer loyalty toward medical clinics and destination. Data were collected among international medical tourists visiting Korea. Results identified that dimensions of medical clinics' servicescape (ie, medical clinic environment, medical treatment, staff, and doctor) influenced emotions and satisfaction among international medical tourists. Also, positive emotions and the 2 dimensions of satisfaction with a medical clinic and doctor mediate the influence of medical clinics' servicescapes on 2 types of loyalty (the medical clinic and Korea for medical care). Overall, these findings indicate that the interrelationship of servicescapes, positive emotion, and satisfaction is essential in influencing international medical tourists' loyalty to a medical clinic.

Keywords: Republic of Korea; emotion; international medical tourist; loyalty; marketing; medical clinic; medical tourism; servicescapes; structural equation modeling.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Demography
  • Emotions*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Tourism*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Republic of Korea