- From: Grand Baie
- Registered: 2005-03-11
- Posts: 27532
Healthcare in Belize
how does the healthcare system works in Belize ? Is it efficient ?
What are the main differences between public and private sectors?
Is it recommended to purchase private health insurance in Belize?
Thanks in advance for sharing your experience !
- Serial expat
- From: San Ignacio
- Registered: 2010-10-30
- Posts: 282
Re: Healthcare in Belize
Health Care is available to anyone in Belize - citizens, residents, and tourists alike-no insurance required. Government run hospitals generally provide care free of charge - however you get what you pay for. Private hospitals and doctors offer much better care, at reasonable prices.
An average doctor visit is $35-50 bze, depending on where you live. Specialists are more like $60-70 bze. Prescriptions about $1-2 a pill. Most medicines can be found in Belize.
The country does lack the resources to purchase advanced medical equipment (like MRI's, for instance). So for major health issues, most people either travel to Merida, Mexico, the U.S., or Guatemala. Many Expats purchase health insurance which covers their medical and travel expenses should an emergency arise.