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How to Enroll in the Public Healthcare System in Cambodia

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: A primer on how to enroll in the public healthcare system in Cambodia.

If you're planning to enroll in the public healthcare system in Cambodia, this article covers the requirements for foreigners to be able enroll in the public healthcare system, the steps involved and more.

Healthcare in Cambodia is primarily provided through a mix of public and private services. The public healthcare system, managed by the Ministry of Health, is not mandatory for all residents and is often bypassed by those who can afford private healthcare due to its perceived higher quality. The quality of public healthcare in Cambodia has been improving over the years, but it still lags behind international standards. The cost of public healthcare is generally low, but the quality of care can vary greatly depending on the location and the specific facility.

Public Healthcare System in Cambodia

The public healthcare system in Cambodia is divided into three levels: the operational district, the provincial health department, and the national level. The operational district is the primary level of care and includes health centers and referral hospitals. The provincial health department oversees the operational districts within its jurisdiction, while the national level is responsible for policy-making and overall management of the healthcare system.

Despite the low cost, many Cambodians and foreigners alike opt for private healthcare due to the perceived higher quality of care. Private clinics and hospitals are often better equipped and staffed than their public counterparts. However, the cost of private healthcare can be significantly higher.

Enrolling in the Public Healthcare System

Foreigners are allowed to enroll in the public healthcare system in Cambodia, but the process can be complex and time-consuming. Here are the general steps:

  1. Obtain a valid visa and work permit: Before you can enroll in the public healthcare system, you must first have a valid visa and work permit. This is to prove that you are legally residing in the country.
  2. Visit a local health center: Once you have your visa and work permit, you can visit a local health center to enroll in the public healthcare system. You will need to bring your passport, visa, and work permit.
  3. Fill out the necessary forms: At the health center, you will need to fill out several forms to enroll in the public healthcare system. These forms will ask for information about your health history, current health status, and personal information.
  4. Pay the enrollment fee: There is a small enrollment fee to join the public healthcare system. The exact amount can vary, but it is generally affordable.

It's important to note that even after enrolling in the public healthcare system, you may still need to pay out-of-pocket for certain services. The public healthcare system in Cambodia does not cover all medical costs, and the quality of care can vary greatly depending on the location and the specific facility.

Alternative Healthcare Options for Foreigners

Given the variable quality of the public healthcare system, many foreigners in Cambodia opt for private healthcare or international health insurance. Private clinics and hospitals in Cambodia often offer a higher standard of care than public facilities, and many have English-speaking staff. International health insurance can provide coverage for medical treatment both in Cambodia and abroad, which can be particularly useful in case of serious illness or injury.

Before moving to Cambodia, it's a good idea to research your healthcare options and make a plan that fits your needs and budget. Whether you choose to use the public healthcare system, private healthcare, or international health insurance, it's important to ensure that you have access to the medical care you need while living in Cambodia.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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