Collagen disease is a disorder that affects the connective tissues in the body. Collagen is a protein-rich tissue that supports the skin and organs by keeping the muscles, ligaments, and bones together. Most collagen diseases are caused by an autoimmune problem. This means that they occur when the immune system attacks the body’s healthy tissues. These diseases most commonly affect the joints, muscles, skin, blood vessels, and some vital organs.
Some examples of collagen diseases are lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and temporal arteritis. There are specific treatments for each kind of disease but most patients require physical therapy, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressant drugs. Such treatments can all be taken advantage of in Southeast Asia.
Medical tourism in Southeast Asia has become popular among international and regional patients because of its many advantages. The cost of medical services in the region is a lot less expensive than in developed countries such as the United States. Patients are also assured of high-quality treatment because many Southeast Asian hospitals have modern facilities and high-powered equipment and are accredited by the Joint Commission International. JCI is an organisation that works to maintain the high quality of medical services given by hospitals. They award accreditations and certifications to hospitals that pass their standards.
The three best destinations in Southeast Asia for medical tourists are Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Among these, Malaysia has some of the cheapest healthcare rates. The country has a total of 13 JCI-accredited hospitals including BP Healthcare in Shah Alam and Gleneagles Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Aside from good medical facilities, Malaysia also has many tourist attractions such as Genting Highlands, Langkawi, and Sarawak that patients can explore in between their treatments.