In Placencia we have one small clinic and one doctor. He is a Cuban-trained doctor, Dr. Alexis, a general doctor. Dr. Alexis is fluent in English. If you have his phone number on your cellphone, you can call him and he will come over to evaluate you or you can get your friend to drive you to his clinic, where he will take a look at you.
The medical facilities here in Placencia are not the best right now but overall in Belize, there are probably 6 to 7 major hospitals. There is a nice private hospital in Belize City, which is where the expats go. These hospitals are definitely not expensive compared to US standards. Most people pay cash for medical services at these hospitals, which do provide good medical services here in Belize.
In Placencia there’s been some talk about a big high-end hospital and some clinics coming in. Personally, I have been working on getting a trauma center down here in Placencia that hopefully will be up and running within the next two years. I am going to build it to provide some US standard medical services here for the community and the expats.
Across the lagoon from us here in Placencia very close is a bigger medical facility in Independence that some people go to. There is also a large, public regional hospital in Dangriga, which is an hour away by car. Because it is a public hospital, you can go there for whatever you need to get done but you cannot compare it to a high-end US hospital. If you want to get US standard medical care, you have to go to the private hospital in Belize City, which is about 30 minutes away. There are a couple of hospitals in Belize City, one of which is Belize Medical Associates. I have been up there and my wife delivered our baby in that hospital.
The situation with medical care in Placencia is changing for the better with development and progress, as we are now getting US and Canadian doctors here in Belize. We are also starting to have US equipment and medical supplies.