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Cost for Bloodwork on Ambergris Caye Belize

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For those of you who are considering moving to a different country – here is a small glimpse into the experience of health care and what it costs to see a doctor here. While it is important to be healthy sometimes you need to get checked out. There are some good doctors here San Pedro Belize  – the price will  vary depending on who you go and see and and what you need to have done.

I went to get my blood work done this morning. Dr Lerida was great barely felt the needle going in.  I do not remember all the tests she said they would do but they are checking lipids or something like that and cholesterol among other things to see if she can figure out why my blood pressure is high and what is making me feel dizzy.  She also checked my blood sugar and said it was normal. Total cost for the visit supplies used and lab costs $795.75 bzd – add an extra 4% if you plan to pay by credit card at this particular doctor.  Here is a bit further break down – medical service $100- laboratory $610 – supplies used  $83.75.  No idea how that price compares to having blood work done in the states  or elsewhere in the world but in Canada OHIP would have covered this.  Can’t wait to get back to the pool and get on with being healthy.

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  1. tacogirl October 14, 2009

    Thanks Ruthie will do.

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  2. Ruthie October 13, 2009

    Take care of yourself, kiddo.

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  3. tacogirl October 13, 2009

    Thanks Michele. Getting more peppy was up at the school today with Mitch. That will be interesting to know the cost there compared to here.

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  4. Michele in Playa October 13, 2009

    I’m sorry to hear you are not feeling great. I’m about due for a physical and some blood work myself. I’ll let you know what the damage is here in Mexico.

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  5. tacogirl October 13, 2009

    Thanks Sandy that is good to know. Paul laughed when I was getting pricing from the front desk – told him I was getting our monies worth and blogging it.

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  6. sandy a October 13, 2009

    Here in the US if you don’t have insurance it probably would have cost more than that.
    I’m self-employed and my insurance runs a little over 200.00/month. And I only use it once a year when I go for my female check-up. My deductible is 11,500. Yes, you read that right.
    I’d rather pay cash for medical services in Belize any day.

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