An intensivist is a physician who specialises in treating critically ill patients. They often work in the intensive care unit. This is a comprehensive specialty that requires the physician to undergo a residency in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, surgery, and anaesthesia, followed by a fellowship in critical care medicine.
Patients diagnosed with a critical disease may consider seeking medical care overseas. One of the best destinations is Southeast Asia, which is considered as the new medical hub, following in the footsteps of the US and Europe. The region has gained international recognition for the high quality of healthcare offered by its key countries namely Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. These countries boast a long list of highly qualified intensivists most of which graduated, trained, and practiced in Western countries.
Intensive care medicine is one of the many medical specialties offered by numerous Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals found in these three countries. The skills of the intensivists in Southeast Asia are further helped by the cutting-edge medical equipment and systems that are available in the region.
For patients seeking Chinese or English speaking intensivists, Singapore is perhaps the best option. It is the only developed country in Southeast Asia and has one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
Thailand and Malaysia, on the other hand, both make healthcare increasingly affordable for patients from all over the world. This is a major benefit for patients with critical conditions, as intensive care can be very expensive. Patients can expect to save up to 50 to 70% of the expected costs of intensive care in the US and UK. Both countries have also made efforts to ease the entry process for all medical tourists and their families, making it easier for critically ill patients to receive the care that they need from a skilled intensivist.