Internationalisation of Healthcare: A fairer approach for local patients

  • Nuraisyah Chua Abdullah Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Herwina Rosnan Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Norzayana Yusof Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia


Malaysia is among the selected countries for medical tourism due to its excellent healthcare services. Nevertheless, there are concerns if service providers are balancing the local and foreign patients’ healthcare demands due to the similarities and differences of their behaviour on these two groups. Through literature analysis, it is found the lack of discussion on medical practitioners’ behaviour towards local patients, this paper aims to analyse the 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.

Keywords:Medical Tourism; Healthcare Internationalisation; Medical Practitioners; Local Patients

eISSN 2514-751X © 2019. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRAcE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) andcE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

How to Cite
ABDULLAH, Nuraisyah Chua; ROSNAN, Herwina; YUSOF, Norzayana. Internationalisation of Healthcare: A fairer approach for local patients. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 12, p. 47-60, dec. 2018. ISSN 2514-751X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 30 mar. 2020. doi:

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