Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Phnom Penh looks to medical tourism

Phnom Penh looks to medical tourism

Phnom Penh looks to medical tourism

Two high-powered developers in Cambodia are partnering with a Bangkok-based health care consultancy to establish a high-quality medical centre in Phnom Penh in the hopes of establishing the capital as a medical tourism destination.

Singapore Medical Center (SGMC), a Cambodia-based company owned by Sear Rithy and his business partner Tan Teck Kee, has partnered with Bangkok-based health care management company AJT Holdings to launch a medical centre inside Phnom Penh’s luxury condominium complex The Bridge.

The Bridge, a $300 million mixed-use project started in mid-2014, is a joint development project between Worldbridge Land – run by Rithy and Tan – and Singapore-based Oxley Holdings.

The $8 million medical centre is set to occupy 1.3 square kilometres on a single floor of the complex, and is scheduled to open in the third quarter of this year.

Dr Felicia Tan, a Singaporean breast cancer specialist, said at a press conference in Phnom Penh on Friday that the facility would provide high-calibre medical care at lower rates than in Singapore, though the facility was still aimed at the small slice of the Cambodian population that could afford international medical care.

“Surgery in Singapore sees a lot of medical tourism coming from Cambodia itself, so we want to offer those people continuous health care, so they don’t have to continue treatment under a less than adequate health care system,” she said, referring to Cambodia’s existing medical options.

Anthony Jude Tan, founder and managing director of AJT Holdings, said the primary focus of the development was to draw medical tourists to Cambodia.

“We are looking for this to be a medical tourism hub,” he said. “We want to attract people from Laos, and to be here for the expats from Taiwan and China, too.”

The facility will be outfitted with six medical professionals from Singapore, the US and Thailand and will employ approximately 30 Cambodian staff, he said, adding that if the initial site performed well, SGMC would consider setting up additional centres in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap over the course of the next two years.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Cambodia purchases 4 million Molnupiravir tablets

    Cambodia has arranged for the purchase of four million US-made Molnupiravir pills – enough to treat 100,000 Covid-19 patients – even though the current rate of daily infections in Cambodia remains low. The medicine will be distributed to state hospitals, pharmacies and private clinics, according to the Samdech

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia planning new border checkpoint at Thma Da

    Cambodia is looking into the possibility of opening a new Thma Da Border Checkpoint with Thailand to boost trade and tourism. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport said on December 4 that Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol led a technical working group

  • Hun Sen: Manet to be candidate for prime minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed that his oldest son Hun Manet will be his successor as Prime Minister if he is elected. Speaking during the inauguration of a new sewage treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province on December 2, Hun Sen said Manet will be