Social Security http://www.belizelaw.org/lawadmin/index2.html
Pages 128- 134
I sometimes I come here to the ambergris caye message board and air it, kick it around, get remarks comments, suggestions, advice, so I can take all that, put it together into a decent idea, so here we go… Belize has Tour Guides that work in the Belize Tourist industry. Tourism is a large part of the country’s economy and they are the working guys on ground level. Since the country has such a large barrier reef, that runs the length of the country, diving is a huge part of that tourism dollar and the Tour Guides that are Divemasters and SCUBA instructors are the workers taking care for this industry.
In Belize if you’re a farmer, banker, clerk, baker, candle stick maker or almost every and any description of occupation and you get an occupational related injury The Belize Social Security takes care of you with an attractive benefits package. Chapter 44 of the Belize Social Security Act has a schedule 3 describing who and what is covered, under;LIST OF PRESCRIBED DISEASES AND INJURIES AND THE
OCCUPATIONS FOR WHICH THEY ARE PRESCRIBED
Its 7 pages long and reads like this …..Tuberculosis, Dermatitis of the hand, Brucellosis, Infectious hepatitis, Typhoid, Infection by leptospira
Icterhohaemorrhagiae, Infection by leptospira canicola, (c) as a slaughterhouse worker;
(d) as a laboratory worker; or
(e) in any other work relating to the care, treatment,
examination or handling of such animals,
carcasses or parts thereof, or products including
untreated milk. Pulmonary disease due to the inhalation
of the dust of mouldy hay or other
mouldy vegetable produce and characterised
by symptoms and signs attributable
to a reaction in the peripheral
part of the bronchopulmonary system,
and giving rise to a defect in gas exchange
Pulmonary disease due to inhalation of
cement dust (cementosis).
And on and on!
Our nations Stewarts in the Tourist Industry, the Tour guides/Dive masters and instructors that suffer Scuba related Illness (their occupational hazards) needing hyperbaric treatment are told ,’Sorry, that’s not in the 3rd schedule of the laws' and therefore no treatment is covered.
Hyperbaric treatments are expensive, so expensive that the economic stability of the Belize Tour Guide needing this is devastated and without it some of the consequences are paralysis and death.
Please understand, the no treatment coverage of Tour Guides with Decompression Illness isn’t discrimination or a conspiracy it’s just an over site and omission in the SOCIAL SECURITY ACT revision.
It’s the law and the social security board is just following the law they are directed to follow.
Amending the social security Act
How do I do that?....and isn’t it wonderful that Belize is a country where an average Joe can!