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Insights on medical tourism : markets as networks and the role of strong ties. / Lunt, Neil; Jin, Ki Nam; Horsfall, Daniel Gary; Hanefeld, Johanna.

In: Korean Journal of Social Science, Vol. 41, No. 1, 06.2014, p. 19-37.

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Lunt, N, Jin, KN, Horsfall, DG & Hanefeld, J 2014, 'Insights on medical tourism: markets as networks and the role of strong ties', Korean Journal of Social Science, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 19-37. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40483-014-0012-7

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Lunt, N., Jin, K. N., Horsfall, D. G., & Hanefeld, J. (2014). Insights on medical tourism: markets as networks and the role of strong ties. Korean Journal of Social Science, 41(1), 19-37. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40483-014-0012-7

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Lunt N, Jin KN, Horsfall DG, Hanefeld J. Insights on medical tourism: markets as networks and the role of strong ties. Korean Journal of Social Science. 2014 Jun;41(1):19-37. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40483-014-0012-7

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Lunt, Neil ; Jin, Ki Nam ; Horsfall, Daniel Gary ; Hanefeld, Johanna. / Insights on medical tourism : markets as networks and the role of strong ties. In: Korean Journal of Social Science. 2014 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 19-37.

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