I 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.)