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Health Care in San Ignacio

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Health Care in San Ignacio: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

Health Care in San Ignacio - Health Care in San Ignacio

San Ignacio is home to a public and private healthcare system. The public healthcare system is called the Belize Health Services and is used by both locals and foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals in San Ignacio for minor medical emergencies and minor surgeries. Public hospitals in San Ignacio are typically crowded and understaffed, but the care is generally good. Foreigners are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Belize, however, many expats and digital nomads opt to use private hospitals for more serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. Private hospitals in San Ignacio are typically well-staffed and offer a higher quality of care than public hospitals.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in San Ignacio

  • San Ignacio Hospital: This is a public hospital located in the center of San Ignacio. It offers general medical care and minor surgeries.
  • San Ignacio Clinic: This is a private clinic located in the center of San Ignacio. It offers general medical care and minor surgeries.
  • San Ignacio Medical Center: This is a private hospital located in the center of San Ignacio. It specializes in major surgeries and emergency care.
  • Belmopan Hospital: This is a public hospital located approximately 30 minutes away from San Ignacio by car. It offers general medical care and major surgeries.

Emergency Services in San Ignacio

San Ignacio does have ambulance services. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 911 or contact the San Ignacio Hospital. Ambulances typically arrive quickly, however, there can be delays depending on the time of day.

Health Insurance Companies in San Ignacio

The most popular private health insurers in San Ignacio are Atlantic Insurance, Belize Health Care Partners, and Belize Medical Associates. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, however, some opt to use specialized expat health insurance providers.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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