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Olorunsola
4/13/2018 00:58 EST

Hello - I'm a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, tuina massage, medical qigong) here in the US. I will be moving to Belize this May, and would like to establish a clinic to provide affordable care and wellness to those in need. I understand that many Belizeans do not have much disposable income. I'm hoping that acupuncture will be well received in the community and that I will be able to at least make a modest living and get by living with a humble lifestyle. I'm looking to set up in either Belmopan or San Ignacio. Does anyone know of any practitioners in this area? Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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AmbergrisK
4/1/2019 10:29 EST

Dear Sir or Madam,
I am a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in the US. I noticed you were looking into practicing in Belize. Any information on licensing requirements that you can share with me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, kindly!

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terrific
4/1/2019 13:54 EST

Getting a license to practice any form of Medicine in Belize will be your first hurdle.
The local population do have their own Herbalist needs well covered mainly by the Mayan population.
Also available are Acupunture specialists within the Chinese community.
To open a Clinic ( after getting a license to practice medicine)) will need work permits, to work in your own business and you will NEED to employ local workers.
This will not be an inexpensive or quick enterprise to set up.
The local population has very little disposable income, and the expat population is small and well distributed around the country, so where you would set up your business would need researching well.
Your income from the enterprise could be very limited, compared to costs of set up.
Good luck ( I mean that, not impossible just not easy either)

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Conmurphy
4/1/2019 14:11 EST

Hi terrific

Are you sure you need a license to practice acupuncture?

I helped chiropractor get registered a few years ago and all that had to be done was register with the medical board / council

Copy of qualifications and I'D was.all that was needed.

Maybe it's changed

Yes I do agree that the local folk medicine is more widely used than foreign traditional medicines.

With Kevin Lee back practicing I think we should welcome any new comers that want to give it a try...

Work permit is .necessary of course

C

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5allan1
4/1/2019 14:47 EST

You ought to contact this outfit
https://www.omshantibelize.com
They are in Belize City. They offer a wellness clinic. Not sure about acupuncture more massage, yoga, detox, nutrition etc
The boss is Belizean. So you could get sponsored re a work permit, possibly maybe.

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bobbyveee
4/1/2019 15:51 EST

I would be very surprised if you could make a reasonable living out of this type of medicine, especially after the costs of setting up a clinic. Good luck to you

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terrific
4/2/2019 01:16 EST

CON
I brought up the Medical licensing as the OP had said she wanted to open a "CLINIC" that becomes a problem calling it a clinic means it is a medical establishment in Belize< and requires some medically Qualified personnel to run it.
I may well be wrong and they may have changed some rules in the past decades as my knowledge is from the Nineties when such Tittles was strictly regulated.

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Conmurphy
4/2/2019 04:19 EST

Hi Terrific,

Ok, I hear you,

Thanks,

Using the title "Clinic" might cause some waves, as its used for Medical Practices for Doctors,

I didnt fully read your post,

Im a year or two out of date on the process myself,

C

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wateredwine
7/14/2019 14:15 EST

I live in Placencia and am looking for an acupuncturist. Would be willing to go to Belmopan.

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