The question of the quality and cost of the dental care in Belize is one that I have lots of personal experience with.
While I was very reluctant to schedule my first appointment with a dentist in Belize, I decided to keep an open mind. It was just a check-up and cleaning. And it was less than half the price of my dentist in the U.S. The visit left me pleasantly surprised. The dentist in Belize spent a lot of time answering questions and didn’t rush in and out of the room as my dentist in the U.S. does. It was surprising to me that the dentist in Belize does the cleaning instead of the dental hygienist.
For several years I had contemplated having the amalgam (silver with mercury) fillings in my teeth removed. There has been a lot of talk about whether the fillings are dangerous to our health. No one seems to agree on the answer. Of course the cost was an issue. My quote from the U.S. dentist was between $12,000 and $15,000 U.S. This was hard to justify. When my quote from the Belizean dentist was a fraction of this, it made sense to consider it.
Because of the number of fillings, it required several appointments. Since I was traveling to Belize with my business anyway, I booked my appointments to coincide with my tours. A few months later all of the work was done. An unexpected root canal resulted from removing one of the fillings that was huge, so I opted to have that done before the new filling. (This would have added to the cost in the U.S. as it was not part of the original quote.) Total cost of all work done - 12 fillings removed and replaced with non-metal fillings, 4 on-lays, 1 root canal, a cleaning and x-rays twice… about $2,500 U.S.
It’s important to note that no matter what the savings, I would not have elected to go through this process in another country just to save the money if I had not felt comfortable with the dentist and his facilities. But being raised in the U.S., we are brainwashed into believing that the only place to receive quality medical/dental care is in the U.S. This is totally absurd. Not only is the care in some other places much less expensive, but it is of equal or better quality in my opinion.
There have been several people who have attended my tours who have seen the same dental practice after visiting Belize. After hearing about my experience, one of my friends from the U.S. had extensive treatment done there as well. Even after making 3 trips to Belize her total cost was still about $3,000 less than her U.S. quote – plus – she had 3 mini vacations in a tropical paradise!
Since my experience with the dental treatment, I felt comfortable making a few appointments for medical treatment there as well. But that’s a story for another day!
As a side note, I have become sick on 3 different occasions while in Belize and needed medical treatment for one of those times. Ask me about my house-call from a Belizean doctor! When is the last time you heard of that where you live?