The hospitals and medical care in Placencia are okay, but the care in Placencia certainly could use some improvement. The doctors that I personally have gone to in Placencia are very good. Belize City has a nice hospital that is three hours away by car but only 25 minutes away by puddle jumper. Belize is becoming more attractive right now because, with the changes in the US healthcare system, many of the doctors in the US are looking at Central American and especially Belize because English is spoken here. Of the few practicing doctors in Placencia, I don’t know if they are American-trained, but they are good doctors.
The good news is that, as part of our project, we are building a state-of-the-art, 100-bed hospital that will include service for medical tourism, as well as a trauma and urgent care center. The trauma and urgent care center will be up in the next several months. Many of the residents of The Placencia are doctors. They don’t practice in Belize but they are always available for our neighbors. Our staff will eventually consist of 40 topnotch doctors from all over the US and some of them are also on our Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
We are working with the government of Belize in regard to the insurance that will be accepted and we’ve also spoken with foreign insurance companies. Our objective is to be one of the best hospitals in the entire world, and have it right here, in Placencia.
(Air ambulance planned for The Placencia hospital, Placencia, Belize, pictured.)