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!
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!
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)
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.
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.