Phnom Penh (FN), May 23 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet said that as the country develops, the cost of health services will inevitably increase due to the modernization of these services. However, it is essential to find ways to ensure that citizens do not incur excessive expenses.

The premier spoke on Thursday (May 23) at the launching of “Roadmap for Global Health Coverage in Cambodia 2024-2035” at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel.

"As the country develops, the living standards of its citizens have improved. Consequently, the cost of health services will inevitably increase because doctors need to invest in more expensive equipment and medicine. The higher the cost of medical services, the more costly it becomes to employ the staff needed to provide those services,” the premier underscored.

"We cannot avoid the increase in the cost of health services if we aim to improve their quality. However, we must ensure that citizens can still afford these expenses. We should help subsidize their access to expensive services, allowing them to pay less. This is the objective of the roadmap that we are launching today," Samdech Thipadei added.