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Christian Burn of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
To go see the doctor for a regular checkup in Belize is about US $60, so it is not a lot. If you need some kind of specialty care or liquid nitrogen, the fee will go up.
Wendy Miller of RE/MAX Property Center South – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Punta Gorda, Belize ocean view – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI have had a couple of opportunities to experience the health care system here in Belize.  The first time was due to a stingray sting in Punta Gorda.  I went to the clinic, and was seen within 10 minutes of arriving.  I was given shots of morphine and demerol for the pain, antibiotics for infection, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories and pain killers - all free of charge.  The wrappings and the treatment I received for the next month also didn't cost me anything.  This was at the government run hospital.
 
Last year I developed a staphylococcus infection and my experience wasn't nearly as good.  The medicine didn't clear it up, however again there was no charge to me.  Again this was at the Punta Gorda Clinic.  I then went to a private clinic in Placencia for help with the infection as it had returned, and was given a much stronger antibiotic for double the length of time.  As it was a private doctor I did have to pay for the doctor visit as well as the medicine.  The cost in total was about $500 BZ (US 250).
 
(Pictured: Punta Gorda, Belize ocean view.)
 
Irma Quiroz-Yuque of Belize Vacation Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Karl Heusner Hospital Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is no health insurance per se that you buy here in Belize, so you don’t have to pay monthly for a policy.
 
Most expats will carry their own insurance from wherever they’re from. Canadians keep their health insurance and if they’re very, very sick then they go back to Canada and then they’ll come back.  The same goes for the States. Those who have their Medicare or private insurance keep it.
 
There is insurance that you can buy here in Belize but it’s for expats only. It would cover you in case of emergencies and only at the main hospital in Belize City, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Most people don’t have health insurance, me included, and I have diabetes. I just go to the hospital, pay whatever’s necessary, which is very minimal, get treated and go home. 
 
There’s really no need for insurance because the doctors are free. The only thing you pay for are some medicines, and even then, the majority of the medicines I need and the care I need, is at no charge. They even have special clinic that they send me to once in a while. The care is getting more advanced here.  All this is through the public healthcare system, which is the one that you qualify for at no charge if you’re a legal resident.
 
(20th year celebration for Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize pictured.)
Chris Leonard of Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
healthcare medical services in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn Belize, healthcare provided by the government is free.
 
Unfortunately, I was able to experience the free healthcare here in Belize personally.  I got into an accident in a four-wheeler and crushed my leg. I spent a week in the hospital and walked out with three prescriptions at hand. When I asked for the bill, they looked at me like I was lost. I didn’t get a bill, not even for the medications. This is for public healthcare. Private healthcare in Belize is going to cost you, but I am already absolutely satisfied with public healthcare, considering the extended damage to my leg, and how well they treated me.
Nikki Muschamp of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
If you don’t have insurance and need medical attention in Belize, you will still be treated and you’ll be required to pay for the services you receive.   The cost of medical services in Belize, when compared to the US, however, is very reasonable.  For example, a standard doctor’s visit in Belize is usually US $20-30, depending on the part of the country the services were provided.

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