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Belize Health Care

The government is the main provider of health services. Impressively, Belize is a country that has a concrete and solid foundation when it comes to medical and health services for its inhabitants and visitors. Although Belize's health care system isn't up to par with the American or European standards they have certainly been rated high in the Caribbean and Central America with newly trained local doctors. There are doctors and clinics in almost every town that can handle most emergencies and minor illnesses however for major surgery most doctors refer patients to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital or a Private Hospital such as Belize Healthcare Partners and Belize Medical Associates. Doctors who do practice in Belize are first-rate, and many have been trained outside the country, often in the United States. Treatment in Belize is relatively inexpensive compared to other countries. The Belizean government has placed a high priority on improving its medical health care facilities.

Expats in Belize also have the option of returning to the U.S. or the U.K. for health care and in cases of emergency, to rely on evacuation coverage provided by an international health insurance policy pharmacies in Belize are well stocked, and prices for medicines seem comparable to what you'd pay back home.

Belize is divided into four medical regions; Cayo District in the Western Region, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts in the Northern Region, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts in the Southern Region while Belize District is within the Central Region. Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital is the national anchor hospital in Belize, but a network of 7 district hospitals is spread among the four medical regions. This network provides the structure governing the medical and health care services and health care delivery all over Belize. There are seven government hospitals - one in Belmopan, one in Belize City and one in each of the other five main district towns. Medical services in rural areas are provided by rural health care centers and mobile clinics operate in the really remote areas.

A major reform of the health sector, including reorganisation of services, infrastructure development and financing is currently underway which is designed to improve the efficiency, equity and quality of health care services and to promote healthier lifestyles.

The leading cause of death in Belize is heart disease due to lack of dietary control, secondary to diabetes, hypertension and road traffic accidents, cerebrovascular disease, followed by high blood pressure and HIV/AIDS.