Dr Lydia Gan
Dr. Lydia Gan is currently a Professor of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Decision Sciences, School of Business, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, from 1998-2007 and Assistant Research Fellow at Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research in Taipei, Taiwan, from 1986-1988. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas in 1997, and earned both her Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her current research interests in medical tourism include the four modes of medical tourism, focusing on estimating its demand and cost comparisons across countries and regions, and consumers’ motivation and impediments to medical tourism. She is also interested in the industrial organizational aspects and strategic partnership of key market players such as medical tourism facilitators, U.S. and foreign healthcare providers, and U.S. employers and insurance companies. Her other research interests are in profiling of consumer behavior, Internet pricing behavior, and issues relating to intellectual property rights.