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Private practice fills health gap

Private practice fills health gap

UNTAC's departure has left many residents uncertain where to go for reliable medical

care.

In an emergency, Western doctors recommend Calmette Hospital, reputed to have the

best facilities in town.

Although it has been equipped by Medecins du Monde, patients must pay. For treatment,

other than emergencies, there are two private alternatives.

Access Medical Services is headed by Dr Gavin Scott from England who was originally

on contract to the U.N. and went into private practice a year ago. He is assisted

by an Australian nurse.

The clinic was set up in June 1992 by an Australian organization and is run along

similar lines to a general practice.

Basic consultations cost $30 (half price for Khmers).

The pharmacy buys all its drugs overseas and conducts specimen tests via the Pasteur

Institute.

Dr Scott has practiced in Asia and Africa for nine years and says he has built up

a good knowledge of tropical and sexually transmitted diseases.

International SOS Assistance and ICMC are opening a joint clinic in Phnom Penh soon

staffed by Dr Xavier Baranger and Nurse Claire Baranger, both from France.

The clinic will offer general health care with the option of air evacuation to a

patient's home country.

Project manager Beatrice Buzea explained both can be obtained through insurance.

Membership of ICMC is expected to cost between $100-150, SOS (evacuation cover) will

be $4-500.

Or you can pay as you go. Dr Baranger said their fees will be similar to other foreign

doctors "and will be reasonable".

The doctor is an intensive care and trauma specialist and the clinic will have a

trauma room where patients can be stabilized before further treatment either here

or abroad.

Other services are a mini-lab for tests and innoculations. The practice will use

European drugs.

Addresses:

Calmette Hospital, Monivong Blvd. (Achar Mean) - No.3 on the Phnom Penh Post

map.

Access Medical Services, House 203, Street 63 , Tel: 015912100- No. 43 on map.

SOS International Medical Center, 83 Issarak Blvd. (Keo Mony).

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