There is a free clinic in Ambergris Caye where you can go anytime. You can get in line and wait for the doctor there and it doesn’t cost you anything. They only take contributions, so you are not forced to pay for anything. If you have an emergency, you would probably not choose to go to the free clinic. In addition to the free clinic, there are also local private doctors on the island.
I was cleaning up my desk one day and sliced my thumb open on a piece of glass. Usually, I would have just wrapped it up with a big paper towel for about 30 minutes to an hour. I wasn’t really paying much attention to it until a friend saw it and said I should go to the doctor. So I went to the local private doctor, who cleaned my thumb and stitched it up with 13 or 14 stitches. This only cost me about US $150, which I paid out of pocket, with zero insurance. I think that procedure would have been 1/10 of the cost in the US.
When I went, there was no one else in line. I just walked directly to her office. A week later, I went to the free clinic to get the stitches out, because I wanted to try that service. They took the stitches out for free, but I gave a donation.
Private care in Ambergris Caye is good for things like stitches, broken arms, flu, colds, etc. You would probably not get your cancer treated by someone here nor would you have a heart-replacement surgery, but we have some very good medical doctors on the island for basic care.
If you have some serious illnesses, you might have to check with your doctor about living here in Ambergris Caye. It all depends on your condition, but certainly you would not find radiation treatment here. Those things are yet to come. Diabetes tends to be a large problem in this country, so there is a better knowledge of that illness here. Some of the things that I think the doctors here know more about are conditions like the stomach flu, and other smaller sicknesses that you could get on a regular basis because they encounter these types of conditions quite a bit. Bug bites and spider bites are things that we do not usually see in the US, but are very common here, so the doctors here in Belize are very knowledgeable about how to treat them.
But for more serious illnesses, I would probably be more inclined to head back to the States or head to another Central American country that would have a facility that is more in tune to cater to those more serious medical needs.