Patients with diabetes have high blood sugar levels, which can have many adverse effects on the body including kidney damage (diabetic nephropathy). Unless managed properly, this condition can progress to diabetic intracapillary glomerulosclerosis, a condition that can lead to kidney failure. This is a life-threatening condition that can be avoided if diabetic patients receive continuous medical treatment.
Unfortunately, high-quality diabetic care is extremely expensive in Western countries and not widely available in developing nations such as Indonesia. For these reasons, many patients look elsewhere and consider medical tourism where they take advantage of world-class but affordable medical treatment abroad. One of the best medical tourism destinations is Southeast Asia, a region that welcomes hundreds of thousands of medical tourists every year.
Most medical tourists who travel to Southeast Asia choose Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. These countries boast a large number of globally recognised hospitals that have dedicated diabetic care programs and specialty diabetic centers. These medical facilities are staffed by highly experienced and skilled diabetes experts; many of them have studied, trained, and even practiced at top hospitals in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, to name a few. Because of their training and exposure, they can provide the same quality treatment offered in the US and Europe for considerably much more affordable prices.
Many hospitals in Southeast Asia are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the international arm of the largest accreditor of healthcare organisations, the Joint Commission. Its purpose is to maintain the quality of medical care facilities all over the world. It has more 400 accredited healthcare organisations, and many of these are in Southeast Asia. Some of these are hospitals, while others are specialty health centers, clinical laboratories, and long-term care services. JCI also recognizes specific hospital programs, such as diabetic care programs.
Despite the high quality of medical care available in Southeast Asia, doctors and hospitals in the region charge only a fraction of what is being charged in the US and UK. This is a major advantage for all patients who need long-term care.