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March 21, 2008
The Royal Ratanak Hospital, which aims to attract rich local and international clients, was opened in Phnom Penh Thursday.
Prasert Prasarttong Osoth, owner of Thailand’s Bangkok Airways and the Bangkok Dusit Medical Service, together invested about $8.5 million in the hospital, said at the opening ceremony, said Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen who inaugurated the hospital.
It will help VIP clients reduce payment, as they don't have to go to Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and other countries to see doctors any more, said Hun Sen.
The Royal Ratanak Hospital will cooperate with the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services and it is also a sister hospital to the Royal International Hospital in Siem Reap, said Praset, adding that the six-floor hospital will become a main emergency referral center for local Cambodians, foreign tourists and other residents.
Sat Soeurn, representative of the Royal Ratanak Hospital and wife of Tea Bahn, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense, said that the staff members are trying to provide a trustworthy alternative choice for the local patients who used to spend expensively for their treatment and accommodation in foreign countries.
According to official statistics, there are over 1,100 medical units, including major hospitals, all over the country. An average of some 5,000 Cambodians share one doctor.
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