Foreign Patients and International Market
The Clues to The Taboos
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Are You Crossing Cultural Lines Unprepared?
Hospital executives and clinics' administrators, are discovering the cold reality of losing foreign patients due to professional staff ignorance with cultural differences. Since the majority of hospital's foreign patients revenue come from repeat and referrals business, more hospitals are investing the time and money to educate their staff about cultural differences. The reality is that "Offended Patients" will neither return nor will they refer patients from their home countries to the offender hospital!
Typically, a hospital staff not educated about cultural differences is very likely to offend a foreign patient or his/her family without being aware of such infraction. Clearly, if a certain staff's behavior is not corrected, it will be repeated toward other foreign patients.
Samples of cultural differences and gestures:
Also, USA export revenue to Arab countries, almost tripled, with an increase from 5.671 billion in 1988 to 13.6 billion in 1997. This is one of several lucrative world markets which are very attractive to executives (hospitals and companies) seeking to increase their international business. However, when crossing cultural lines, something's as simple as a greeting, may place a multi-million dollar account in jeopardy, or it may cause considerable loss of patients billing revenues.
Certainly, losses due to cultural ignorance are not acceptable. The best approach to protect your organization from facing such losses is immediate staff education about this sensitive area.
of Cultural Ignorance: Test Yourself and Your Employees
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