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Expat Health Insurance & Healthcare Guide to Belize

Expats share their experiences with healthcare and expat health insurance in Belize.

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9 Healthcare & Health Insurance Tips for Expats in Belize

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Expats in Belize share tips and advice about healthcare and health insurance in Belize. While some expats advise those with serious health issues not to move to Belize, other expats choose Corozal for its proximity to doctors and clinics over the border in Chetumal, Mexico. Other topics include the quality of medical care, having a baby in Belize and more.

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Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in Corozal/Belize City, Belize

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Word of mouth is a great way to find a doctor if you need one. Our pharmacist has a neurogist that comes to her place of business twice a month from Belize City. He is a wealth of information. Also, be willing to travel to Belize City or Chetumal Mexico to see specialists. We are very pleased with the care we have received thus far. Most of our prescriptions cost us less or equal to our copay in the US without having the cost of a monthly premium on top of that. We are going to look into getting an international health insurance just in case one of us has an emergency that can not be handled here or in Mexico.

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Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in San Ignacio, Belize

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An expat in San Ignacio, Belize discusses local medical care and the availability of prescription medicines. Most common prescription medicines are available at the local pharmacy and many do not need a prescription.

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Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance Hopkins Village, Belize in Hopkins Village, Belize

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An expat in Hopkins Village, Belize talks about the high cost of medical insurance, traveling to Dangriga or Belize City for medical care, helpful pharmacists in Hopkins Village and more.

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Having a Baby in Belize City, Belize

WOW It was a trip! Being a poor Expat - a non profit worker, no insurance and a small income to draw upon heading home was not an option. I started out with a private Doctor after 2 miscarriages while in Belize. While I qualified for NHI ( national Health care) there are a lot of lines waiting and you do not get the consistency of having the same prenatal DR. at the birth of your child. I had to pay out of pocket for all of my lab tests and ultrasounds averaging approximately $100 US a month. My private Dr. was fantastic but as the pregnancy progressed I began to realize I was not going to be able to afford a private birth in a private hospital. Which could range from $2000 BZ to $5000 BZ. So I ended up having my final checkup at Karl Husner Medical Hospital. On the final visit I happened to get my personal Dr. Doing her NHI rotation and as it turned out I was suffering from preclampsia so I was rushed in for an emergency inducement. In a public hospital that best thing to remember is that you are your best advocate they do not tell you much they are used to people who do not have a ton of medical knowledge so the staff do not feel the need to communicate what is going on. I found I had to be really kind of pushy and ask what they were doing giving me and ask why and if the nurses did not know I had to ask for the head nurse etc. They also are Horrible Phlabotomists... I have never received so many sticks for one IV in my life and this is after I told them which arm to use which vein would work etc. (YEARS OF PLASMA DONATION DURING COLLEGE) Also Always check your IV lines they seemed to always leave air bubbles in the line. They also do not inform you as to what you need to provide for your self... you need to buy your own medication in advance if possible your own bed pads you need to bring your own water, cups, pillows blankets, and snacks. They are very strict ( unnecessarily so) about visiting hours. There also seems to be a big issue with attitude between the Nigerian nurses and the Cuban Doctors I have never been witness to so many arguments in my room about the patient next to me or about my self. The Creole and Belizian Dr. all seemed to handle things in a much calmer manner. The Nigerian Nurses were tough but caring they have a way to win you over and they seemed to respect that I spoke up for my self. After 30 hours of Labor and no real progression I was taken in for a C section ( my worst nightmare) I was terrified but in truth ready for the ordieal to be over. They wheeled me in I saw the face of My DR. and knew I was in her good hands. I was told I complined the whole surgery. But the sweetest moment was when I finally heard my daughter cry when i woke up later they brought my daughter to me and I kissed her and she nursed immediatly. I was broght back to my room. I was there for 3 more long days of staring at the wall, my Daughter was my companion. Grand total for 6 days in hospital, c section $250 US

Having a Baby in Placencia, Belize

This is not about giving birth in Belize, but about the pregnancy tests. If you are living in a third-world county where you do not have access to the "EPT" style tests be leary. My husband and I have used what I call "Army surplus" tests where there are no directions only to have numerous women tell us they are not accurate. So far, they have been as we have not conceived, but if you are trying to get pregnant, take a bunch of PG tests that have a good reputation.

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