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Marketing Your Healthcare Organization Is it really for YOU?. Dr. Hesham O. Dinana. Agenda. What is Marketing & What it is NOT Is it Ethical to Market Medical Services The Concepts of Marketing – S.T.P. The Tools of Marketing – the 4Ps The Key to Medical Marketing - Service Quality

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Marketing Your Healthcare OrganizationIs it really for YOU?

Dr. Hesham O. Dinana

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  • What is Marketing & What it is NOT

  • Is it Ethical to Market Medical Services

  • The Concepts of Marketing – S.T.P.

  • The Tools of Marketing – the 4Ps

  • The Key to Medical Marketing - Service Quality

  • Conclusions

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Egyptian Marketing?

  • Selling

  • Public Relations

  • Advertising

  • Promotion

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What is Marketing?

Theidentificationof customers’ NEEDS andfulfillingthem in aprofitablemanner

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(Almost) Anything Can be Marketed
















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Major Criticisms of Healthcare Marketing

  • Marketing Wastes Money

  • Marketing is Intrusive

  • Marketing is Manipulative

  • Marketing will lower the quality

    of health care

  • Marketing will cause health care

  • institution to compete

  • Marketing will create unnecessary

  • demand for health care

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Why Marketing is For Everyone

“The purpose of a business is to create a customer…

Marketing is not a specialized activity…it is the whole business seen from…the customer’s point of view.”

If you focus on the patient and the patient’s needs you are practicing marketing concept

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What medical marketing can’t do

Overcome unsatisfactory or unpleasant experiences in your practice.

Overcome poor performance by you and your staff.

Create a sudden and incredible response.

Create a demand for services where no demand exists.

Produce effective results if the message is misleading.

What medical marketing

can do

Increase awareness in your market area and reach newcomers.

Encourage current patients to STAY.

Generate renewal and referral patients.

Increase patient volume for certain services and programs.

Support volume at slow times of the year.

Improve the attitude and morale of you and your staff.

MYTHS & TRUTHS ABOUT MARKETINGEvery member of a practice is a  marketing specialistevery day, whether consciously or unconsciously

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Marketing Concepts

The Three Questions:

1. Who are we?

2. Who cares?

3. How do we get our message out?

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Tools that Are Used Together to Create a Desired

Response Among a Set of Defined Customers

Marketing Tools: The Marketing Mix


Good, Service, Idea, Place, Person


Assignment of Value


Availability of Product


Activities to Inform Consumers

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Product Mix length

Inpatient Services

Ambulatory Services

Health Promotion

Product line width

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Five Patterns of Market Coverage







































Full coverage

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Resources of Medical Services

  • Technical Quality

    • Physicians’ knowledge

    • Ability to make correct diagnosis

    • Therapeutic procedures

    • Quality of the medical equipment

  • Service Quality.

    • The physicians’ willingness and ability to communicate with the patient.

    • A culture of sharing information, and systems enhancing a long-term doctor-patient relationship

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Service Quality is IMPORTANT

  • Business with High Service Quality have:

    • 12% higher return on sales

    • 6% faster growth rate

    • 10% price premium

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Patients as Consumers

  • The majority of your patients are (or will be) sophisticated, comparison-shopping consumers of health care, who are armed with facts, ideas, and concerns that they have reaped from different media, and from their friends, associates, and family. Your patients will assess your medical practice and compare it to other practices where they have previously been and will evaluate your practice against standards THEY consider important.

  • How patients "rate" your practice will influence patients to stay with you even if there is a problem.

  • Consider very carefully what messages you convey about yourself, your practice, and the importance of your patients to your practice.

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How to develop your medical marketing plan

  • Define your target audience

  • Research your service areas

  • Know your competitors

  • Define your Goal

  • Develop your plan

  • Implement your plan

  • Follow up your plan

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Who are your Target audience

Any group or individual that affect the revenue and profitability of your practice.

  • Patients---your current revenue base and major source of referrals.

  • General public---especially those who do not have a doctor and might need your practice someday.

  • Referring physicians---send your practice patients needing your services.

  • Special groups---targeted for future services, such as HMO members (managed care).

  • Media contacts---need to know what is newsworthy about your practice.

  • Area Employers---pay for health insurance plans for patients, also have employees with occupational injuries, or have applicants needing pre-employment health assessments (preventative AND industrial medicine services).

  • Government/regulatory agencies---their decisions effect your business.

  • Staff members---whose performance greatly determines patient satisfaction and practice productivity

  • Providers---all important to your business, such as laboratories, pharmacies, hospitals, civic groups, salespeople/vendors, etc.

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Researching your Service Areas

  • How many people live in your service area? How is the population distributed?

  • Age distribution: has the birth rate increased or decreased during the last ten years? Where are certain ages most prevalent? (for example: young families concentrated in newer subdivisions, and older people in established, older neighborhoods)

  • Composition of families: Singles, married couples with and without children, single parent families, etc.)

  • Population expected to grow or change? 

  • New industry or new housing expected in your area soon?

  • Median income of those living in your service area

  • Percentage of the population is employed:  percentage of white collar / blue collar

  • Industries:types most prevalent, major employers

  • Stability of the community and the economy (old and established area VS upwardly mobile living temporarily here

  • Physicians: Dr. to patient population ratio, location of doctors, populated areas around the physician locations

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Know your Competitors

It is important to know:

  • HOW MANY physicians of your specialty are there in your community or service area, where they are located, and in what concentration.

  • WHAT SERVICES your direct competitors provide; in this way you may be able to provide needed services.

  • WHAT VOLUME these doctors have; accepting new patients or are they "closed' to new patients? (OPPORTUNITY!)

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Key to Patient loyalty“feeling for staff and patients that PATIENTS ARE YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY is the only way doctors can make sure they keep their patients by cultivating relationships with them. ”

  • The actions of the entire staff can make or break a practice.

    An excellent doctor with mediocre staff will not prosper. How well the office does is up to both the physician and the staff. You have joint custody of your practice's patients.

  • Respect your patients. 

    • Go out of your way to do something nice for each one. 

    • Memorize names. 

    • Jot down on sticky paper and place in the chart any personal info you would like to remember (such as a new grandchild, likes to garden, son in college, plays tennis, etc. ) People love to hear someone else remember things about themselves.

  • Focus your attention on the patient, as much as you are able. 

    • Avoid doing three things at once while you are talking to the patient. 

    • Wait until they are finished talking to speak. 

    • Be a good listener.

  • Show empathy.

    How would YOU feel if you were going through the same situation?

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Keeping your current patient“On an average, every happy patient can bring you six happy referrals. And conversely, on an average, every disgruntled patient will relay his or her negative message to 26 other people ”


  • Doctor vague and evasive

  • Poor or no bedside manner (physician)

  • Chronically not seen on schedule

  • No diagnosis given

  • Doctor discourages second opinion

  • Doctor does not respect confidentiality

  • Unpleasant office staff

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Some ideas on keeping your patient

  • Small assessment cards to be filled by the patient on what he liked most about the service and ideas to improve it

  • Reminder calls or cards for their next appointments

  • Birthday cards

  • Reminder notes to yourself that would help to ask about personal stuff your patient cares about

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  • Printed materials are can be an effective image-maker and a positive marketing tool, if your choices are made with care. The printed materials that you present to your patients and other contacts are a reflection on the quality and image of your office.

  • Things you will need to be custom printed:

    • Letterheads---letterheads should be of letterhead-weight paper, with an impressive look and texture Business cards---business cards likewise should be of heavier weight with impeccable typesetting. Remember that these cards are passed on to others, especially potential patients and referrals.

    • Patient brochures-

    • Appointment cards---

    • Prescription

    • Direct mailing brochures. .

    • Cards: birthday cards, appointment reminder postcards, preventative care reminder cards, thanks you cards for public relations purposes and for follow-up continuity.

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    • Many types of patient information materials can be obtained free from pharmaceutical suppliers. Information sheets can also be created in your office to meet the specific needs of your practice.

    • Written explanations given before testing or specialty services are done are especially useful for patients, as well as written instructions regarding medications and prescriptions. Hospitals, clinics, and outpatient services often provide specialty information and instructions.

    • Written home going instruction sheets can be created in your office, and these help to cut down on the number of phone calls to your office relating to forgotten or misunderstood instructions.

    • Computerized patient instruction software is also available for the office. These provide written instruction and diagnosis information, and can be customized to include the patient's name and the name of the ordering physician.

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Rapport + Results relationship.= Retention + Referrals