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Table 5 Motivational factors among residents of Dubai, United Arab Emirates who sought medical treatment overseas during 2009–2012

From: Motivational factors for choosing treatment destinations among the patients treated overseas from the United Arab Emirates: results from the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions survey 2012

Variable Total Sample N (%) Federal Republic of Germany N (%) Other Destinations N (%) P-value
Main Reason for Travel     0.85
 Treatment purpose only 332 (99) 150 (99) 182 (99)  
 Other purposes 4 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1)  
Have Been There Before     0.19
 Not Important at all 166 (49) 74 (49) 92 (50)  
 Not Important 56 (17) 33 (22) 23 (13)  
 Neutral 13 (4) 6 (4) 7 (4)  
 Important 58 (17) 23 (15) 35 (19)  
 Very Important 43 (13) 16 (11) 27 (15)  
 mean ± SDa 2.27 ± 1.52 2.17 ± 1.43 2.35 ± 1.58  
Vacation Aspects     0.11
 Not Important at all 218 (65) 100 (66) 118 (64)  
 Not Important 66 (20) 36 (24) 30 (16)  
 Neutral 25 (7) 9 (6) 16 (9)  
 Important 18 (5) 4 (3) 14 (8)  
 Very Important 9 (3) 3 (2) 6 (3)  
 mean ± SDa 1.61 ± 1.01 1.51 ± 0.87 1.70 ± 1.11  
Friendly Atmosphere     0.24
 Not Important at all 145 (43) 71 (47) 74 (40)  
 Not Important 47 (14) 25 (16) 22 (12)  
 Neutral 22 (7) 10 (7) 12 (7)  
 Important 68 (20) 28 (18) 40 (22)  
 Very Important 54 (16) 18 (12) 36 (20)  
 mean ± SDa 2.52 ± 1.58 2.32 ± 1.50 2.68 ± 1.63  
Advised by Someone     0.53
 Not Important at all 62 (18) 31 (20) 31 (17)  
 Not Important 30 (9) 16 (11) 14 (8)  
 Neutral 22 (7) 12 (8) 10 (5)  
 Important 81 (24) 33 (22) 48 (26)  
 Very Important 141 (42) 60 (39) 81 (44)  
 mean ± SDa 3.62 ± 1.54 3.49 ± 1.58 3.73 ± 1.50  
Cost of Treatment     0.002
 Not Important at all 155 (46) 81 (53) 74 (40)  
 Not Important 54 (16) 29 (19) 25 (14)  
 Neutral 41 (12) 17 (11) 24 (13)  
 Important 32 (10) 13 (9) 19 (10)  
 Very Important 54 (16) 12 (8) 42 (23)  
 mean ± SDa 2.33 ± 1.51 1.99 ± 1.31 2.612 ± 1.62  
Sources of Information Used to Travel Abroad
 Word of mouth family and friends 176 (52) 74 (49) 102 (55) 0.22
 Internet forums 61 (18) 30 (20) 31 (17) 0.49
 Magazine/newspaper 1 (< 1) 1 (1) 0 (0) 0.27
 Radio/TV 1 (< 1) 0 (0) 1 (1) 0.36
 Brochures and leaflets 1 (< 1) 1 (1) 0 (0) 0.27
 Literature 2 (1) 1 (1) 1 (1) 0.89
 Physician’s recommendations 181 (54) 88 (58) 93 (51) 0.18
 Providers webpage 4 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 0.85
 Medical Travel agency/Broker 2 (1) 1 (1) 1 (1) 0.89
 Government (overseas treatment office) 80 (24) 41 (27) 39 (21) 0.22
Information Would Use to Choose Healthcare Provider     0.41
 Different Treatment Options 27 (8) 14 (9) 13 (7)  
 Qualifications and certificates of the doctor 39 (12) 19 (13) 20 (11)  
 Experience of the doctor 95 (28) 36 (24) 59 (32)  
 Reputation of the medical center/hospital 80 (24) 36 (24) 44 (24)  
 Past success stories 41 (12) 19 (13) 22 (12)  
 Cost of treatment 6 (2) 2 (1) 4 (2)  
 Cost of accommodation, air fare, transport, food, etc. 1 (< 1) 0 (0) 1 (1)  
 Length of stay 1 (< 1) 1 (1) 0 (0)  
 Adverse outcomes and complications of the desired treatment 2 (1) 2 (1) 0 (0)  
 Refund policy 2 (1) 0 (0) 2 (1)  
 The probability of having the treating doctor abroad as visiting doctors in the UAE for consultations 10 (3) 7 (5) 3 (2)  
 Available advanced medical & Therapeutic technology 3 (1) 1 (1) 2 (1)  
 Opinions of friends and family regarding the best healthcare providers in the city/country 29 (9) 15 (10) 14 (8)  
Inquire About Physician     0.76
 Didn’t Inquire 80 (24) 35 (23) 45 (24)  
 Inquire 256 (76) 117 (77) 139 (76)  
Types of Inquiries About the Physician Abroad
 Physician Training & Qualifications 191 (57) 86 (57) 105 (57) 0.93
 Recovery Time as inpatient 128 (38) 55 (36) 73 (40) 0.51
 How soon will travel back home 87 (26) 37 (24) 50 (27) 0.56
 Pictures of Previous Patients 59 (18) 29 (19) 30 (16) 0.51
 Complications & Adverse outcomes 84 (25) 38 (25) 46 (25) 1.00
 Cost of treatment and follow up 35 (10) 9 (6) 26 (14) 0.01
Main reason to travel overseas for Healthcare
 Cannot afford treatment in the UAE 12 (4) 6 (4) 6 (3) 0.74
 Not eligible for the service provided in the UAE 11 (3) 5 (3) 6 (3) 0.99
 Long waiting time for an appointment 29 (9) 12 (8) 17 (9) 0.66
 Undesirable outcome from previous personal experience 21 (6) 8 (5) 13 (7) 0.50
 Undesirable outcome from other previous experience 24 (7) 8 (5) 16 (9) 0.22
 Privacy and confidently reasons 27 (8) 10 (7) 17 (9) 0.37
 Healthcare provider attitude 20 (6) 5 (3) 15 (8) 0.06
 Post treatment rehabilitation is not available 6 (2) 3 (2) 3 (2) 0.81
 Expecting adverse treatment outcome in the UAE 20 (6) 7 (5) 13 (7) 0.34
  1. a mean ± standard deviation