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Cambodia expands free healthcare
The figures show that about 1.1 million people accessed free medical care in the first six months of this year, a number that is expected to have at least doubled by the end of the year. Last year, a total of 1.5 million people received free care.
Officials speaking at an interministerial meeting on social protection in Phnom Penh, which was also attended by NGOs, said that a new insurance-style scheme introduced at a state-run hospital in Siem Reap province in August was proving successful and could be used as a model for other government healthcare centres.
Mak Sam Oeun, chief of Angkor Chum Operational District Hospital in Siem Reap province, said about 1,800 local residents had signed up to pay 2,000 riels per month in exchange for free medical treatment.
He said that the money collected would be subsidised by the government to cover the costs of medical treatment, including expensive surgical procedures, for residents involved in the scheme.
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