McGhee D, Moreh C & Vlachantoni A (2022) Transnational healthcare preferences among EU nationals in the UK: a qualitative assessment. Sociological Research Online. https://doi.org/10.1177/13607804211058744
This article explores the motivational factors behind preferences for medical care in the country of residence or the country of origin among EU nationals living in the UK. Undertaking a thematic analysis on a large-N qualitative dataset, the article aims to establish a data-driven typology of motivations inductively. This provides an intermediary analysis between qualitative depth and quantitative operationalizability, contributing to the existing literature on healthcare location preferences among transnationally connected social groups. The article finds that preferences for medical care in the country of origin are driven overwhelmingly by quality considerations, while preferences for the UK have more to do with convenience and financing. These perceptions result from negative personal experiences, lack of trust and often concealed cultural differences, and the analysis identifies various nuances and connections between attitudes that previous in-depth qualitative studies could not systematize.
healthcare attitudes; migration; Polish; transnational healthcare
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