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Health Care in Preah Vihear

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Learn about the health system in Preah Vihear: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Preah Vihear.

The healthcare system in Preah Vihear, is a mix of public and private facilities. While the public healthcare system is accessible to both locals and foreigners, the quality of care and facilities may not be up to the standards expected by expats and digital nomads.

Cambodia's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Cambodia is called the Ministry of Health. It is responsible for providing healthcare services to the population, including foreigners. However, public hospitals in Preah Vihear are not generally recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries due to the lack of resources and inadequate facilities. Public hospitals in Preah Vihear can be crowded, with long waiting times and limited English-speaking staff. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Cambodia, but they often prefer private hospitals for better quality care and facilities. Private hospitals are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, as they offer more advanced equipment and better-trained staff.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Preah Vihear

There are limited healthcare facilities in Preah Vihear, and expats may need to travel to nearby cities for specialized medical care and surgeries. Some of the hospitals and clinics in the region include:

  • Preah Vihear Referral Hospital (public) - located in Preah Vihear City
  • Preah Vihear Provincial Health Department (public) - located in Preah Vihear City

For more advanced care, expats may need to travel to Phnom Penh, which is approximately 6 hours away by car. Some of the hospitals in Phnom Penh include:

  • Royal Phnom Penh Hospital (private)
  • Calmette Hospital (public)
  • Phnom Penh Central Hospital (private)

Emergency Services in Preah Vihear

Ambulance services are available in Preah Vihear, but they may not be as reliable or timely as those in more developed countries. To call for an ambulance, dial 119 or 023 724 891. Delays in ambulance response times can occur due to traffic, road conditions, and limited resources.

Health Insurance Companies in Preah Vihear

Some popular private health insurance companies in Preah Vihear include Forte Insurance, Infinity Insurance, and Campu Lonpac Insurance. Expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers that cater to their specific needs. It is essential to research and compare different insurance options to find the best coverage for your individual situation.

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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