With a new state-of-the-art hospital, Kampot medical care has entered the 21st century.
Medical care in Kampot has come a long way, and the days of traveling to Phnom Penh for the smallest cut or scrape are long gone. If you have a major medical issue, though, many expats still recommend going to Phnom Penh or even abroad for medical care. Read our in-depth report about medical care in Cambodia. Below you’ll find our recommended Kampot medical care providers.
Doctors and Hospitals
Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital is a newish hospital opened by a group of German foundations and Hope Worldwide. Despite its slightly ominous name, it is the best hospital on the coast, with state-of-the-art equipment and international doctors on site. While the hospital’s mission is to help children and expectant mothers, it will also treat expats (and not just of the mother-and-child variety). Patients are charged on a sliding scale, and foreigners are expected to pay $20 for a consultation with a Western doctor.
Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital
National Road 3 (6km west of Kampot, close to the road to Bokor mountain), Kampot
T: 012 738 888; 092 210 599
Dr. Dimitri Scuffi, a Swiss doctor who has worked at Phnom Penh Royal Hospital and more recently at Sonja Kill, has set up his own practice in Kampot, behind the Borey Bokor Hotel. He is a board-certified doctor and surgeon in Switzerland, where he practiced until 2014. He speaks English, French, Italian, German, and some Spanish and can handle everything from small complaints to major surgery.
Dr. Dimitri Scuffi
The eye clinic at the back of Kampot Referral Hospital has a good reputation among Kampot expats for taking care of minor ophthalmology issues. For more serious problems, it’s recommended to take a drive to the Takeo Eye Hospital, which is 86 km away but offers a higher standard of care and is under the supervision of a German doctor. For everything else, locals recommend heading to Phnom Penh.
Kampot Referral Hospital
Riverside Road between the Old Bridge and the New Bridge, Kampot
T: 081 798 346; 033 210 162
Takeo Eye Hospital
National Road 2, near Street 110, Takeo
T: 032 931 324; 016 504 299
Kampot expats swear by Dr. Piseth of Piseth Dental Clinic near the durian roundabout. He offers inexpensive cleanings and treatments — a cleaning costs $10, and walk-ins are welcome. His brother has opened a second Piseth Dental Clinic near the new market, which also has a good reputation.
Piseth Dental Clinic
Street 729, across from the Tela Station, Kampot
T: 012 770 988; 016 770 988; 068 589 999
106 Street 714, by New Market, Kampot
T: 012 671 471
There are several pharmacies in Kampot, but we’ve found the Marany Pharmacy, attached to the Marany Guesthouse, has a good selection of inexpensive drugs and medical supplies.
Street 701, near the Salt Workers Monument, Kampot
T: 016 886 060; 078 248 998; 096 648 3709; 097 200 1978
Despite the new hospital, medical care in Kampot still leaves a lot to be desired. If you get into a serious accident while in Kampot, you may need, at a minimum, to travel to Phnom Penh, and if the case is really serious you’ll need to head to Bangkok. Emergency evacuations can cost upwards of $20,000, so it’s important to have travel insurance when you’re visiting Cambodia, or health insurance if you live here.
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