Medical facilities in Belize are good for basic primary care: physicals, common flu, and other common communicable diseases such as chicken pox, malaria, dengue etc., and some non-communicable diseases such as kidney and gall bladder stones and diabetes treatment. Outside of this, where the aliment requires specialist care, then one would often need to seek medical attention outside of the county.
Cancer treatment for instance is rarely possible in Belize. While some may be able to do chemo therapy here, other forms of treatment such as radiotherapy is not possible. Dialysis for kidney failure is in high demand and short supply with most machines in the general hospital (KHMH) already oversubscribed.
In terms of closeness and availability, there is at least one main hospital in each district, KHMH in Belize City, Western Regional Hospital in Cayo, and Southern Regional in the south and one in Corozal, and there is a full complete set of clinics all over the country. However, and this is important, most major treatments, including emergency surgery and proper neonatal and other intensive care can only be administered at KHMH in Belize City. The facilities elsewhere are very limited.
There also a handful of very excellent, though costly, private facilities that are recommended for better customer care and service if one can afford it. Medical Associates in Belize City being one of the premier's private institution, as well as Belize Health Care Partners. La Luma Luz in Cayo also boasts about their specialist and specialist care.
(Medical team from Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in Taiwan visiting the KHMH, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and providing free clinics, pictured.)
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