Westerners, who require neck spine fusion and removal but cannot afford the high cost of medical services in their country, have the option to travel to Southeast Asia where they can save up to 75% of the cost. Every country in this region has well-respected hospitals that offer the procedure but your top two choices are the following:
- Singapore – This city-state has, for quite some time, been known as one of the most popular destinations for medical travellers not just from the West but also in Asia. It has a number of medical facilities that offer state-of-the-art orthopaedic procedures including cervical spine fusion. One of them is Singapore General Hospital, which has a dedicated orthopaedic department that offers comprehensive spine services. This hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) ensuring patients the highest international standards of orthopaedic care.
In terms of cost, Singapore hospitals and dedicated orthopaedic facilities generally charge more when compared to Malaysia and Thailand. However, when compared to the majority of Western hospitals, Singapore prices are still up to 50% cheaper. Singapore could be the best option for patients who would rather have the procedure performed in a first-world country but do not wish to spend a fortune.
- Thailand – Another great option is Thailand. Just like Singapore, it has a number of JCI-accredited hospitals and medical facilities that treat thousands of international patients year after year. These include Bumrungrad International Hospital located in Bangkok. This hospital has a dedicated spine centre that has been described as one of the finest in the country and the region.
Southeast Asia is now able to compete head to head with Western countries in terms of providing the highest international standards of orthopaedic care as they have successfully built world-class medical infrastructures. In addition, more and more orthopaedic surgeons in these countries are educated and trained in the West. This allows them to bring the best medical and surgical practices as well as innovative methods and technologies from advanced countries that they offer for up to 75% cheaper to medical tourists.