Graves’ disease is a medical condition caused by an overactive thyroid gland. It is also known as toxic diffuse goiter and is considered as the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. The condition causes a variety of symptoms including swelling in the neck and protruding eyes. Patients with this condition have to undergo specific laboratory tests to measure their thyroid hormone levels and confirm the presence of thyroid-stimulating antibodies. Once diagnosed, they will require specialised treatment, such as antithyroid drug therapy, radioactive iodine, and surgery.
Specialised treatments for Graves’ disease is widely available in Southeast Asia, which is dubbed as the newest medical tourism hub. The region is a great destination for patients with medical conditions that require more complex medical care and management as it is home to some of the world's best medical specialists including endocrinologists who are trained in dealing with all types of thyroid gland problems.
The good news for international patients is that the region makes such specialised treatments more affordable. While known for providing the same level and quality of medical care and service as the US and the UK, Southeast Asia keeps medical costs at a level that most medical tourists can easily afford. In fact, studies show that the price difference of medical care in Southeast Asia and the West is up to 75%.
Due to the success of Singapore, the first Asian country to invest in medical tourism, more and more ASEAN countries like Thailand and Malaysia are following suit prompting many of their hospitals to attain a world-class status by improving their existing facilities, hiring the best doctors, and improving the quality of their nursing care. By doing so, they have also gained the approval of various international organisations, such as the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO).