Mastectomy refers to the surgical removal of one or both breasts as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer, which is one of the leading causes of deaths in women in Indonesia. Based on the data released by World Health Organization (WHO), there are at least 20,000 new cases of breast cancer in the country every year. The limited number of surgical oncologists and the number of women seeking mastectomy have lead to the increasing cost of the procedure over the years.
Patients from Indonesia have the option to take advantage of cross-border medical tourism and have the procedure done in Singapore. The country, which healthcare system is ranked number six by WHO (2000) and was named the most effiient in the world by Blooomberg (2014), ensures affordable, internationally accepted standards of medical care. Various hospitals in the country, which are fully equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical tools and have dedicated cancer treatment divisions, offer a comprehensive cancer treatment program. The country is also home to internationally educated and highly trained surgical oncologists who have years of experience and expertise in treating different types of cancer. When compared to traveling to the United States or European countries, mastectomy procedures are up to 75% cheaper in Singapore.