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11 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 02, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in Cambodia is generally lower than in the United States. Emergency services are limited and often lack the necessary resources to provide adequate care. To call for an ambulance, one must contact the local police station or the Ministry of Health. In some cases, private ambulances may be available, but they are often expensive and may not be equipped with the necessary medical supplies.

What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Cambodia?

We asked expat moms who gave birth in Cambodia about their experiences and advice they have for other moms to be. They said:

"When having a baby in Cambodia, it is important to learn all you can about the local medical system so you are familiar with the options available to you and can make an informed choice. The healthcare system in Cambodia is much different than that of other parts of the world and it’s important to get up to speed on the costs, accessibility, quality, and other factors. It’s also a good idea to investigate the costs of private medical care beforehand and consider the costs associated with the hospital stay, delivery, and other postnatal care, such as the required immunizations, medications, and follow-up medical check-ups. In addition, it is important to ensure any medical facility is up to safety and hygiene standards. Lastly, be sure to connect with other expat families who have had babies in Cambodia. This can provide valuable first-hand advice and help you secure a network of support during the pregnancy and afterwards," explained one expat living in Cambodia.

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Are healthcare services good in Cambodia?

We asked people if they have access to good medical care in Cambodia. They wrote:

"Healthcare services in Cambodia are inadequate for most of the population due to the lack of funds and infrastructure. Healthcare is largely concentrated in urban areas, leaving most rural areas without access to basic care and treatment. Medical facilities are generally poorly equipped, with insufficient staff and resources, and often lack basic supplies, such as disposable items and medicines. In addition, the health-related infrastructure is poor, with limited public transportation making it difficult for many to access care. The public healthcare system is subsidized by the government, with government-run hospitals and clinics providing free services to the poorest members of the population. However, many Cambodians are unable to access these services due to long wait times and limited capacity. Private healthcare services, meanwhile, are not widely available and can be expensive. The Ministry of Health is maintaining a push towards expanding access to essential services and preventive care, but there is still a long way to go before healthcare services in the country reach a satisfactory level," explained one expat.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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