A recent experience of a neighbour has highlighted the potential cost of medical treatment and evacuation from Belize. He became ill, was flown to Belize City, was taken into ICU and the lack of diagnostic facilities here made medivac essential.

Lack of medical insurance or ready cash delayed his evacuation, his health deteriorated and the bills in Belize continued to mount. Six days in ICU cost ~B$50,000. Medical evacuation from Belize City to Florida costs between US$18,000 and US$29,000, depending on the level of medical support needed on the flight.

None of the medical evacuation companies will take you anywhere unless you have confirmation of acceptance from the receiving hospital outside Belize, which requires valid insurance or quite a lot of money.