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Christian Burn of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Medical tourism is the next big project in Belize. The government is heavily trying to figure it out. That is definitely up and coming here in Belize, especially in the islands.
 
The funny thing that’s going on from my understanding is that, the Belizean doctors here don’t want to lose their market share to foreign doctors. So from my gathering, the foreign doctors will have to bring in a foreign patient, and the local doctors will treat anyone who is already here. That still offers opportunities to the support staff, for training of the doctors here in Belize, more jobs for the Belizeans and people here on the ground. There are just so many upsides to it. It is not going away, its only coming. 
Bentley Wildman of Consejo Shores – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Belize_medical_associates_building – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBelize is getting better and better at providing medical services.  Most of it is centered in Belize City where most of the people are. The dental In particular is getting very good, to the point where there are a lot of Americans who come to Belize to get dental work done because it's just as good as what they can get up there and it costs them a third of what they would pay up in the States.
 
Americans come down here just to get their dental work done.  They may find a dentist, set an appointment beforehand, and come down here for two weeks and get the work done.
 
Medically services are also getting considerably better. We're getting a lot more specialists now than we had before. For the local people there social insurance (government run healthcare) here, so it doesn't really cost you much to go into the local hospitals. At one time the local hospitals were not so great, but they are all getting a lot better now. We also have a lot of private clinics and private hospitals. 
 
If you're in the country legally as an expat you are allowed to use the public hospitals.  Personally, I haven't really spent any time in the hospital anywhere in the world, but I would definitely go to my local, public hospital.  If I did, it wouldn't cost me anything. I'm a Belizean citizen so it shouldn't cost me anything or very little.
 
If you’re in Belize on a Visa, you’re still welcome to go in. Whether they charge you or not is up to them. The Belize government in general is a little bit slack on collecting money for a lot of things, so they let a lot of stuff slide. As much as Belize is more like a First World country, it is a Third World country.  
 
(Belize Medical Associates Building, Belize City, pictured.)
Nikki Muschamp of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
In Belize, healthcare workers and the government work to maintain open cooperation.  There is also some significant crossover between private and public sectors.
 
For example, if a private facility needs some particular equipment it does not have, in certain circumstances they will be allowed to use government facilities.
 
About 14% of Belize's health care workers provide services in both private and public sectors.  It is not unusual for those working at a public healthcare facility during the day to provide private services outside normal business hours.

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