What is healthcare in Belize like?

Facilities and Health Information:

Medical care for minor ailments is generally available in urban areas. Trauma care or advanced medical treatment is limited, even in Belize City or Belmopan, and may be extremely limited or unavailable in rural and remote areas. Pharmacy services are generally good in larger towns; many medications such as antibiotics which are available only by prescription in the U.S. can be obtained over-the-counter from licensed pharmacists. However, more specialized prescription medications may be completely unavailable. U.S. citizens bringing their own prescription medications with them must ensure they carry a current doctor’s prescription for each medication.

In much of the country, emergency services will be either unavailable or delayed and serious injuries or illnesses often require evacuation to another country. The Embassy strongly suggests visitors obtain traveler’s insurance and medical evacuation coverage in advance of their travel to cover unexpected medical emergencies.

Dengue Fever: The Government of Belize reported that Dengue fever has quadrupled in 2013 compared to previous years. In 2012, there were cases of Dengue fever, but no deaths were reported. In 2013, over 600 suspected cases were reported, but only 20 were confirmed by laboratory. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), no hemorrhagic cases were reported. Neighboring countries are on high alert, including in Honduras where a state of emergency has been issued.

Drinking Water Source - % of rural population improved"

100%

Drinking Water Source - % of total population unimproved:

0.7%

Drinking Water Source - % of urban population improved:

98.4%

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

2.3%

Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population:

1.1

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

4,800

Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population:

.83

Sanitation Facility Access - % of total population unimproved:

9.5%

Sanitation Facility Access - % of urban population improved:

94.2%

Sanitation Facitlity Access - % of rural population improved:

87.6%

Infectious Diseases - degree of risk:

high

Food or Waterborne Disease (s):

bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever

Vectorborne Disease (s):

dengue fever and malaria

Disability Access In Belize

Accessibility:

While in Belize, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what one would find in the United States. While some government buildings, schools, businesses and restaurants are accessible for individuals with disabilities, many places remain inaccessible. Accessibility may be especially difficult in the rural and non-tourist areas. Paved roads and sidewalks are rare outside tourist areas, and public buses and taxis are not accessible. Please check with hotels, restaurants, and tour operators in advance for information about accessibility.

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