An internist is a doctor of internal medicine. Internists specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of adult patients. Their main focus lies on medical and non-surgical treatments of common diseases, such as viruses and infections. They also specialise in providing long-term comprehensive care for complex and chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension.
In the care of chronic diseases that require specialist treatment, internists also serve as a primary care physician who oversees or coordinates treatment with medical specialists. Some internists work in their private practices, but many of them either work or are affiliated with hospitals.
International patients who require the expertise of an internist may consider travelling to Southeast Asia. Here’s why:
Highly qualified internists – Some of the world’s best internists can be found in Southeast Asia. The region’s growing medical tourism industry attracts not just patients from all over the world but also the most talented doctors including internists. Many internists practicing in the region have completed their specialist training abroad and gained years of actual hospital experience and exposure to contemporary medical technology in use abroad.
Internationally recognised hospitals – The skills and expertise of internists is just one part of the equation when getting high-quality medical care in Southeast Asia. For these doctors to provide accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment, they require the use of advanced technologies and modern medical facilities. These are available in many hospitals in Southeast Asia particularly those that are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO).
Lower healthcare cost – Countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia strive to attract more international patients not just by delivering high-quality healthcare but also by keeping costs low. Most medical treatments and services in these countries are offered at 60 to 70 percent less compared to what Western hospitals charge.