A recent study has confirmed that obesity has become one of the major threats to public health in Indonesia. The condition, which previously affected just the high-income groups in the country, has now spread across all income groups. As obesity is proven to significantly increase the risk of serious medical conditions, it is important that it is addressed at the soonest possible time.
Obese individuals now have the option to undergo gastric bypass, a surgical procedure that divides the stomach to make it smaller so food intake can be significantly reduced. Although highly effective, gastric bypass is a major surgery that is associated with both long and short-term complications. This is one of the reasons why many Indonesians seek treatment abroad where the quality of care is far better and where their safety is guaranteed.
Gone are the days when the only viable option for Indonesians seeking the highest standards of surgical care is to go to the United States or Europe. Now, your options also include Southeast Asia, which has been recognised as one of the top medical tourism destinations not just for Asians but also for Westerners. With this option, you get to enjoy the following benefits:
- Global standards of care – Southeast Asian countries are making conscious efforts to stay competitive in the field of medical tourism. They put in massive investments to further improve their healthcare systems and medical infrastructures. They also invest on the most advanced technologies, medical equipment, and in improving their facilities. Some countries, such as Thailand and Singapore, even provide scholarships for their doctors allowing them to train at highly developed nations such as the United Kingdom and United States.
- Affordability and cost-effectiveness – The low cost of the majority of medical and surgical procedures is the main reason why patients choose Southeast Asia. Despite offering global standards of care, its prices are up to 75% cheaper when compared to the United States and Europe. And since you’re closer to home, you also save on associated cost such as airfare and accommodation.