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Health Care in Sarteneja

Learn about the health system in Sarteneja: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Sarteneja.

Sarteneja, a small village in Belize, has limited healthcare facilities. The healthcare system in Belize consists of both public and private sectors, with the public sector being the primary provider of healthcare services for the majority of the population.

Belize’s Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Belize is called the National Health Service (NHS), which provides free or low-cost healthcare to Belizean citizens and residents. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system, but they may be required to pay for services. Public hospitals in Sarteneja are generally not recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries due to limited resources and facilities. Private hospitals, on the other hand, offer better quality care and are more commonly used by expats for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. Private hospitals in Sarteneja typically have more modern equipment and better-trained staff compared to public hospitals.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Sarteneja

Due to the small size of Sarteneja, there are limited healthcare facilities available. Expats in need of medical care may have to travel to nearby towns or cities for treatment. Some of the nearby hospitals and clinics include:

  • Corozal Community Hospital (public) – located in Corozal Town, approximately 2 hours by car from Sarteneja
  • Orange Walk Hospital (public) – located in Orange Walk Town, approximately 2.5 hours by car from Sarteneja
  • La Loma Luz Hospital (private) – located in Santa Elena, approximately 4 hours by car from Sarteneja
In case of emergencies or specialized medical care, expats may need to travel to Belize City, which is approximately 4.5 hours by car from Sarteneja.

Emergency Services in Sarteneja

Ambulance services in Sarteneja are limited, and response times may be slow due to the remote location of the village. In case of an emergency, it is recommended to call the nearest hospital or clinic for assistance. It is important to be prepared for potential delays in emergency services and consider alternative transportation options if necessary.

Health Insurance Companies in Sarteneja

There are several private health insurance companies in Belize that offer coverage for individuals and families. Some of the most popular insurance providers include Atlantic Insurance Company, RF&G Insurance, and Sagicor Life. Expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers that offer coverage tailored to their needs. It is essential to research and compare different insurance options to find the best coverage for your specific situation.

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