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Healthcare & Health Insurance in Belize

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: Digital Nomads in Belize share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Belize, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

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What are healthcare services like in Belize?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Belize, they replied:

"Our first choice is to go to the local pharmacist, who is very knowledgeable and helpful," wrote one digital nomad living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

"Word of mouth is a great way to find a doctor if you need one. Our pharmacist has a neurogist that comes to her place of business twice a month from Belize City. He is a wealth of information. Also, be willing to travel to Belize City or Chetumal Mexico to see specialists. We are very pleased with the care we have received thus far. Most of our prescriptions cost us less or equal to our copay in the US without having the cost of a monthly premium on top of that. We are going to look into getting an international health insurance just in case one of us has an emergency that can not be handled here or in Mexico," said another foreigner in Corozal/Belize City.

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What is the quality of medical care in Belize like?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Belize, they replied:

"I am located 10 kms from 3 towns that provide adequate health care, but Santa Familia itself does not. So their healthcare is non-existent, but I don't care, I'm a 10-minute drive from 3 towns with good healthcare," explained one expat living in Carmelita Gardens, Belize.

"I would strongly suggest anyone thinking of moving to Belize consult with those of us who have lived there for a long period instead of consulting the internet," said another digital nomad in Sittee River.

"While there is a public healthcare clinic here in Hopkins the doctor is only here a few days a week and I have never had reason to see him/her. There is a private clinic about a 10 minute drive from here and the public hospital in Dangriga town is about a 25 minute drive," commented a person living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

"Belize in general is very third world when it comes to health care. Most people go to neighbouring countries like Guatemala and Mexico for health care," explained one digital nomad living in San Ignacio, Belize.

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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Belize?

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"In the US I have Medicare and a supplemental insurance, which is fine and I have had no problems with coverage. In Belize, I do not purchase medical insurance because it is very expensive. ," remarked another member in Hopkins Village.

What are emergency services like in Belize?

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When we asked about emergency services, members in Belize wrote:

"Dangriga, about 40 minutes away by car, has a public hospital, Southern Regional Hospital. About 2.5 hours away is Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City," said another digital nomad in Hopkins Village.

"La Loma Luz - Santa Elena. I am not aware of the emergency services. Quality of care is adequate, but my last experience was 12 years ago! Private hospital," commented a person living in San Ignacio, Belize.

"We have not had to avail services from anywhere but private doctors. There is a small hospital in Corozal but we do not know much about it. We live outside of town in a more rural area but we have been told that there are ambulances. There are several private clinics in town," explained one digital nomad living in Corozal/Belize City, Belize.

Will I need to travel to see a specialist?

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"It depends upon how serious. I would prefer to have surgeries done in the US. Initially, however, I would go to Dangriga or Belize City for help," remarked another member in Hopkins Village.

"We went to Belize City to see a cardiologist. We were extremely pleased with the quality of care we received. Complete bloodwork and EKG's and ultrasounds were done all on site and the doctor spent over an hour with us going over all of the results. This is better care than what we received in the US. Also, we were able to get a appointment within less than a week. The cost for everything for both me and my husband was equal to what I paid for one month's premium of my health insurance back in the states. That insurance would have also cost me copays on the tests themselves," explained one expat living in Corozal/Belize City, Belize.

Are common prescription medications available in Belize?

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"In checking with the Pharmacist in Hopkins, I found he could get all my prescription meds. It might take a couple of days, but he assured me he could get them. Additionally, he let me purchase a prescription medication for a rash I got at the beginning of rainy season," explained one person living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

"Yes, common prescriptions are available at our local pharmacy. They are inexpensive and you often do not need a prescription. Anything prescribed by the local doctor is available locally. If you had an unusual illness of needed a particular medication, it would be wise to bring additional supplies, but once here you can speak to the pharmacist and likely they can arrange to bring it in for you," wrote one digital nomad living in San Ignacio, Belize.

"We have gotten almost all of our medicines from the states here and have not needed a prescription for even one. A lot of them cost less than what we were paying with some being the same as our copay with our insurance back in the US. There was one of my husbands we could not find but the cardiologist we saw determined he noonger needed to take it. If they don't have the exact same drug, they have one that is compatible. Again, we have been very pleased. There are several pharmacies but we have found Evergreen to be the one we like best. Also, you can get prescriptions in Mexico with no problem as well," said another foreigner in Corozal/Belize City.

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"Hospital are in Dangriga, Belmopan and Belize City. There are 4 Private Hospitals that offer excellent services. In Placencia there are 2 doctors - Public and Private. There are 2 different Ambulance Services in the area and both offer excellent service. Quality of care in the Private Hospitals is very good. Public is so so," explained one expat living in Placencia, Belize.

"Hopkins has a new ambulance service and emergency care. There is a local clinic with a doctor nearby. There is also a hospital in Dangriga, about 40 minutes away," said another digital nomad in Hopkins.

"There is newly established Emergency service minutes away that can be reached by phone. Hopkins has a small medical clinic also. There is a hospital and Clinic in Dangriga, about 40 minutes away," commented a person living in Hopkins, Belize.

What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?

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"two visits to an optometrist, both went well. One trip to a clinic for a reaction to bug bites. It went well too," remarked another member in Carmelita Gardens.

"My private/public system doctor had me get tested when I had a flu bug. It was done professionally and with good social distancing practice. They also put me on a prophylactic regimen of drugs just to be sure, Test came back negative," explained one expat living in San Ignacio, Belize.

"Basic care is hard to get. Lack of skilled doctors and equipment are very concerning . For retirees or expats that are older it's bot an option," said another digital nomad in San Ignacio.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is one of the founders of Digital Nomad Exchange and the Founder and President of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange and Digital Nomad Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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