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Health Care in Ambergris Caye

By Betsy Burlingame

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

Ambergris Caye, offers a unique healthcare system that caters to both locals and foreigners. The system is a blend of public and private healthcare services, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Belize's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Belize is known as the National Health Service (NHS). It is accessible to both locals and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. However, the public hospitals in Ambergris Caye are not typically recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries due to limited resources and facilities. The experience at a public hospital can vary, but generally, they are known for long wait times and basic medical care. On the other hand, private hospitals are often preferred by expats due to their better facilities and services. They are recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. Private hospitals in Ambergris Caye offer a more comfortable and efficient healthcare experience.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye has a limited number of hospitals and clinics. Here are a few:

  • Ambergris Hopes Clinic - A private clinic located in San Pedro Town.
  • Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II - A public healthcare facility in San Pedro Town.
  • San Carlos Medical Clinic - A private clinic in San Pedro Town.
In case of serious medical emergencies or specialized care, expats often travel to Belize City, which is approximately a 15-minute flight from Ambergris Caye. The major hospitals there include Belize Healthcare Partners Limited and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Emergency Services in Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye does have ambulance services. In case of an emergency, one can dial 911. However, response times can sometimes be delayed due to the island's remote location and limited resources.

Health Insurance Companies in Ambergris Caye

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Ambergris Caye, including RF&G Insurance Belize and Atlantic Insurance Company. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans catering to different needs. However, many expats and digital nomads prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers, which offer coverage that is more suited to their unique needs and lifestyle.

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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