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Health Care in Sihanoukville

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Dive into healthcare resources for expats and digital nomads in Sihanoukville: identify leading healthcare providers, hospitals, and medical centers for optimal care.

The healthcare system in Sihanoukville is a mix of public and private facilities. The quality of care varies greatly, with private hospitals generally offering better services than public ones.

Cambodia's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Cambodia is run by the Ministry of Health. It is generally not recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries due to the lack of resources and trained staff. Public hospitals in Sihanoukville, like the Sihanoukville Referral Hospital, are often crowded and the level of care can be basic. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system, but many choose to use private hospitals instead. Private hospitals, such as the CT Clinic, offer a higher standard of care and are often staffed by foreign-trained doctors. They are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Sihanoukville

There are several healthcare facilities in Sihanoukville that are popular among expats. These include:

  • CT Clinic (Private): Located in the city center, this clinic offers a range of medical services.
  • Sihanoukville Referral Hospital (Public): This is the main public hospital in the city.
  • Procare Medical Center (Private): Located near the beach, this center specializes in emergency care.
In case of serious medical emergencies or need for specialized care, expats often travel to Phnom Penh, which is approximately 4 hours away by car. The Royal Phnom Penh Hospital and the Calmette Hospital are two of the most well-known hospitals in the capital.

Emergency Services in Sihanoukville

Emergency services in Sihanoukville are limited. There is an ambulance service, but response times can be slow. In case of an emergency, it is recommended to call 119 for an ambulance.

Health Insurance Companies in Sihanoukville

There are several health insurance companies operating in Sihanoukville. These include Forte Insurance, Infinity Insurance, and Asia Insurance. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans, including ones that cover treatment in private hospitals. Many expats and digital nomads choose to use international health insurance providers, which often offer more comprehensive coverage and the option to be treated in other countries if necessary.

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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