QUOTE(juno12 @ Mar 17 2010, 12:59 PM)
I will be moving to Phnom Penh for less than a year in a few months for a job. I'm incredibly excited, and based upon my research, it seems that - with mindfulness of customs and reasonable precautions (regarding motos, walking at night, etc.) - Cambodia is a wonderful place with lovely people.
My family is concerned, however, about: (1) the standard of medical care - though I'm alway generally healthy and don't require any - as we've read about the recommendation of medical insurance to provide evacuation to Bangkok in case of hospitalization, and (2) the general safety of a solo female traveler. Do you have any input or experience regarding health care, hospitals and physicians and also your experiences as a woman? I mean to insinuate no disrespect to the Khmer people; just investigating to ease my parents minds.
Thanks so much!
First, I'm not female, so I'll leave that bit. However, you can alleviate your parents concerns as the level of healthcare for expats, especially in PP is very good. There are high end international clinics with Western Doctors if you require them for anything serious. Obviously a good health insurance policy will cover this. The repatriation to BKK or Ho Chi Minh is just in case specialist care is required and an air ambulance is used. If it helps just put it in the same context as being transferred to a different hospital in your own country for better or specialist care. Obviously this happens daily in the UK with different hospitals having better facilities for different accidents/injuries.
Insurance is just a precaution. You will get an 'upset' stomach more than once. Expect it. Other than that I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time. Cambodia is wonderful.