Healthcare in Asia has somewhat exploded into prominence over the last few years, with more and more countries across the region focusing on developing world-class facilities and becoming prominent figures in their respective medical fields. Thailand has become particularly well known for its advances in cosmetic surgery, while Malaysia has one of the highest fertility treatment success rates in the world. Hong Kong has become a world leader in cardiology, and in India advances in medical practices have progressed so rapidly that many of the world’s leading neurologists have held many of their conferences there.
While older medical institutions in the UK and the US may have years of experience, expertise and reputation to back them, hospitals across Asia, being built more recently, often have better facilities and more state-of-the art equipment on hand. The advances in technology assisting medicine are having a significant impact on common practices with less invasive surgical procedures and more accurate diagnosis generally enhancing healthcare standards across the globe.
Healthcare across Asia is becoming more consistent with some countries being less developed than others, nonetheless medical expertise is growing at a remarkable rate. Many medical students from across Asia often end up studying abroad particularly pursuing American and British medical practices, and are returning to their respective countries to incorporate these in their treatment.
Countries of note in the region include Malaysia, as one of the best hospitals in the country, Prince Court Medical Centre, took first in the ‘MTQUA 2013 World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists’, as well as the medically advanced state of Penang being listed in the ‘Top 10 Medical Tourism Destinations’ in a recent WHO Medical Tourism Report. Both Singapore and Hong Kong are also highly regarded and are considered by Forbes to have some of the best hospitals in the world. Countries from as far afield as India to Indonesia are delivering better practices and care than ever thanks to major investment from governments who are driving their countries to developed status, who recognize that quality healthcare is a key component of that achievement.
And healthcare in Asia looks to continue to grow as the region sees growth and returns in its investment. With the demand for global treatment rapidly growing year on year, the future of healthcare in Asia looks bright.
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