We’ve talked a bit about healthcare in Belize on this blog before but its my goal to delve deeper, as access to general healthcare as well as emergency medical response are major concerns for people considering relocating to this country. As well it should be! Because, buddy I’m telling you… its a crap shoot. Anybody that is selling you on the dream of moving abroad will tell you that medical here is good, dependable, and cheap. Well I can assure you that while it is comparatively cheap, you are essentially rolling the dice each time you need care. Basis medical care from general practitioners can be good but specialists, surgeries, or more tricky treatment plans involving many comorbidities leave a LOT to be desired. This leads many foreigners (as well as Belizeans that can afford to do so) to seek medical care back in North America or across the border in Mexico. If you’re an American who is eligible for Medicare you may have questions about the benefits, how to use them as an expat living abroad, and which plan is the right pick for you.
I don’t have the answers to those questions- but I know a site that does! RetireGuide.com Read through the site and determine what plan (and possibly supplemental insurance) is a fit for your lifestyle. Do your Belize-boots-on-the-ground research regarding prescription costs (and reliable availability)- maybe it is cheaper to obtain your prescription here out of pocket than to pay for a premium drug plan. Think about evacuation insurance. Think about how frequently you’ll go back to the states; many Belize expats travel back once or twice a year at the minimum to visit family or tend to property or businesses they have there- make the most our of these trips by scheduling all your doctors appointments and procedures during the visits.
Belize is a developing country; developing at an impressive rate and healthcare is improving all the time but my honest opinion and advice is: you do NOT want to be sick or seriously injured here. I encourage you to read further with these links: