Hospitals, Clinics and Doctors
American Medical Center @ The Cambodiana Hotel Tel: 023 991 863
Calmette Hospital #3 Monivong Blvd Tel: 023 426 948
International SOS Medical & Dental Clinic #161 Street 51 Tel: 023 216 911 www.internationalsos.com
Naga Clinic #11 Street 254 Tel: 023 211 300 www.nagaclinic.com
Royal Rattanak Hospital #11 Street 592 Tel: 023 991 000 www.royalrattanakhospital.com
Somary Raffles Medical Centre #30 Street 360 Tel: 023 223 322 www.srafflesmedicalclinic.com
Tropical & Travellers Medical Clinic (Dr Gavin Scott) #88 Street 108 Tel: 023 306 802 www.travellersmedicalclinic.com
Dr. Sutton Whitaker, American Paediatrician at the Embassy Clinic (owned by Hope International) literally across the street from the SOS clinic. The number for the clinic is Tel: 023 426 091 or 023 63 73 991.
Agrovet #26 Street 294 Tel: 023 216 323
Visiting a doctor
Dr Gavin Scott, on his website http://www.travellersmedicalclinic.com/health_care.html warns foreigners seeking treatment to be very careful.
Here are some of his suggestions:
- Have medical insurance before you arrive – it is worth it.
- If you become ill, remember that your life is worth more than money. Do not try to save a few dollars by self-medicating from a pharmacy, or looking for the cheapest, and probably worst, health provider around.
- See a qualified medical doctor who speaks your language. If you cannot even communicate with the doctor you are already on the way to a wrong diagnosis and wrong treatment.
- Have plenty of cash on hand. Most clinics accept only US$ cash. US$100 should be enough for most clinic visits including blood tests and medicines. The standard overnight charge in a clinic is around US$50, but if you need to stay in a hospital then you may be advised to go to one in Bangkok.
- If you telephone a clinic in advance about fees, be aware that some clinics may not tell you on the phone about the associated fees you will be expected to pay. For example you may ask the cost of a vaccine and be told a price, only to discover, after the vaccine has been given, that there is an additional doctor’s consultation fee.
- Be suspicious of doctor fees that are much lower than in comparable clinics – the ‘doctor’ may be a nurse.
- Look for the Cambodian Ministry of Health license on the wall. It should have a photo of the doctor you are consulting.
- Look for the university medical diplomas hanging on the wall. Check that the name on the diplomas matches the name of the doctor.
- Remember that all bogus doctors are extremely popular, so as to prevent complaints leading to exposure, and will do anything anytime. Real doctors are not always so accommodating.
- If in any doubt check with the foreign embassy of the doctor concerned. The doctor should be on the embassy list of practitioners. In addition all foreign doctors are required to be licensed by the Ministry of Health, and as part of the licensing process each foreign embassy will have had to have certified that the doctor is bonafide and has the medical degrees he/she claims. However, some embassies show little interest in such matters.
- Make sure you leave the clinic knowing what is wrong with you. Ask the doctor to write the diagnosis on the receipt.
- If you are not better after 3 days, tell the doctor.