Healthcare and medical assistance in Cambodia is inconsistent and range drastically in terms of quality and accessibility depending on one’s location. While the country is home to several international hospitals and clinics, healthcare in many regions of the country is spotty and unsuitable for retirees from Western countries.
Cambodia is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies – a country that was previously affected by wars and internal conflicts, yet is rapidly developing into one of the region’s economic powerhouses. As such, its medical industry is in a state that can only be described as ‘developing’ – full facilities aren’t always readily available.
Medical care in Cambodia is inexpensive and typically easy to find. Doctors with a variety of international qualifications practice at many of Cambodia’s hospitals for visitors, and receiving adequate medical care isn’t’ difficult. Despite this, hospitals are not common in many rural and less wealthy parts of the country.
Cambodia’s flagship international hospital is Calmette Hospital, a government-run medical center located in Phnom Penh. Serving both local patients and expatriates that need affordable, high quality medical care, Calmette Hospital has emerged as a reliable source of medical care in the nation’s capital.
In nearby Siem Reap, visitors can access high quality, international standard health and medical care at the Royal Angkor International Hospital. Owned and operated by Thailand’s Bangkok Hospital Group, the hospital offers a very high level of care and service for patients who pay in cash or with private medical insurance.
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Both of the above hospitals offer fantastic medical care to visitors in Cambodia’s two largest tourism centers. Despite this, however, medical care in many other parts of the country is slightly less reliable. Most towns offer either small hospitals or local medical clinics, neither of which are useful in a health crisis situation.
Smaller cities that receive international visitors, such as Sihanoukville, are served by a range of smaller medical clinics. These clinics offer basic health services but aren’t equipped well enough to handle a medical emergency. As such, many retirees based in Cambodia use health insurance that allows one to travel to Thailand for care.
Despite lacking a large range of hospitals, Cambodia’s two major care centers make life relatively easy for expatriates and retirees based in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. While medical facilities in other areas are far from ideal, the short distance between Cambodia’s major centers makes traveling for a medical emergency very possible.