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Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Medical license - 01/12/08 02:34 PM

Can anyone give me the name/# of the agency in charge of issuing medical licensure in Belize?

I am a US physician planning to move to Belize. I would like to start the process now as I'm sure it will take some time for approval.

Thomas Blackledge, M.D.
601-849-1918
Posted By: Cooper

Re: Medical license - 01/12/08 03:16 PM


I would contact the Director of immigration at' 011 501 822 2611 , You may want to find out if they will allow you to practice here. They should also have answers to your questions.
Posted By: dabunk

Re: Medical license - 01/12/08 03:33 PM

Ministry of Health 011 501 822 2325
Ministers office 011 501 822 0589
Posted By: shrinklady

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:15 AM

Hi. I'm also looking into retiring abroad, or maybe continuing telemedicine part time to a clinic or two in the States. May I take advantage of what you've learned about getting licensed in Belize?
Posted By: RathaBnBelize

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:38 AM

...and take away a job? there is paranoia about that..
Posted By: RathaBnBelize

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:38 AM

...however...if you really are a shrink...might be a good place to come! wink
Posted By: natalie p

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 10:49 AM

Belize is in need of psychiatrists and psychologists. You may find it easier to get licensed here, if that is the case.
Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 02:16 PM

"You may find it easier to get licensed here, if that is the case."

Need has NOTHING to do with licensure.

Belize has a "protectionism" attitude toward licensure for pretty much all work permits / licenses and especially the medical license.

Example: there is an anestesiologist who has been living on the island as "common law" wife of another local physcian for six years or more. She has been repeatedly denied a license for "private practice". According to her husband she will soon complete some addition requirements to finally get her license.

The thought is that if Belize allows first world country doctors in to practice that all the people would rush to them and not use "Belizean" doctors. This certainly would NOT be the case but that is the thought process. The local doctors have a good reputation and I'm sure most do a great job. Just because I'm from the US doesn't mean that all of docor Dan's patients will leave him and come to me if I were there. I'm sure none would! He is a well liked and well respected doctor that NEEDS some help. I'm willing to help him but I currently cannot.

I was recently granted a license to practice in Belize only on a voluntary basis and only in a public facility and not a "private" facility even if I'm willing to volunteer in that private facility.

The plan was for me to volunteer at Dr. Dan's in order to give him some occasional time off. Currently when he's off or out of country his patients in need of OB services for labor / delivery must go to the mainland.

Well, at least I have made a small step toward my ultimate goal of obtaining a medical license for "private practice" in Belize.

If you plan to volunteer in a public entity only then it's just a matter of presenting all the requirements to the Secretary of the Medical Counsel. The counsel meets once a month or so and will consider your application once completed at the next meeting. The documentation is rather extensive as you'd expect so it takes some time to get all your certified copies of diplomas, boards, USMLE, criminal back groung check, ect., ect.
Posted By: natalie p

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 02:47 PM

I am referring to the need of all of the country of Belize. There is only one psychiatrist for the whole country.
I don't believe Dr. Gonzalez is worried about losing patients.
He could sure use help ,he rarely sleeps the whole night and there are many patients who are unable to pay that go to him.
Are you an OB/GYN ?
There are five other doctors in practice in San Pedro. They all deliver babies, as well as the midwives.
Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 03:34 PM

Again Natalie.....NEED has NOTHING to do with granting of licensure.

The example I gave represents that. There is no anestesiologist on the island and there is certainly a NEED for one but the one that has lived on the island for six years or more still has no license.

I don't think "all" the other doctors on the island routinely deliver babies or offer prenatal care. I may be wrong as I've only met with Dr. Dan but I get the impression he is the only one that routinely does. I also met with his midwife and she told me she was "semi-retired" but she seemed to work more now than before. You may have been who I met at Dr. Dan's????? I'm sorry I'm so bad with remembering people's names.

I practice OB and a general practice similar to Dr. Dan but I see more pediatrics than he does. Most of my practice is OB and pediatric.

Here's a link to my web site.

www.medicalcenterforyou.com
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:04 PM

Belize-n-us.

You are getting more and more incredible as time goes by. Perhaps you should spend more time lobbying the government instead of trying to obtain approval from the member of this board.

I am amazed at your audacity - attempting to tell Natalie ANYTHING about Dr. Dan's business. She has been working with Danny ever since he became a qualified MD. She is one of the most qualified and experienced nurses and mid-wifes that I have ever had the pleasure and honour to have known. Danny and Natalie have delivered more babies on this island than any other professional team.

All of the doctors on the island deliver babies. Danny is the only specialized OB/GYN. Nobody needs to leave the island in order to deliver a baby unless they require specialized care or surgery.

We don't necessarily need an anesthesiologist on the island - although it would be nice. We don't have any fully equipped OR's nor do we have a decent X-ray machine - or room to house one. But this type of care is available only 30 miles away in Belize City or 50 miles away in Chetumal.

I would desperately love to see Dr. Tina obtain her license to practice medicine in Belize, she has certainly worked hard to earn and deserve the license.

We have a visiting pediatrician and they poly clinic brings in a wide variety of specialists.

Certainly the poly clinic would enjoy and appreciate your voluntary services.

I believe Natalie should be shown the respect and appreciation that she deserves.

Please stop putting your pompous, holier than thou foot in your mouth, it is getting old.
Posted By: lovey and thurston

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:12 PM

I second that Amanda! A liscense won't be obtained on the Message Board but an awful lot of "ill will" will be. Judy M.
Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:18 PM

"Please stop putting your pompous, holier than thou foot in your mouth, it is getting old."

I said she might be the nurse midwife I met. If so, we had a nice chat. I enjoyed meeting her.

I certainly do NOT have a holier than thou attitude.

How was I not respecting her?

Some of you here that just like to pick a fight is what gets old.

I have offered to help her and Dr. Dan through volunteering my services and you consider that a "holier than thou" attitude?

Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:25 PM

"We don't necessarily need an anesthesiologist on the island -"

Mighty easy for you to say since you aren't currently pushing a 6 - 10 # baby out of your body.

My bet is the women that do so without adequate anesthesia sure would appreciate one being on the island.

"We don't have any fully equipped OR's nor do we have a decent X-ray machine - or room to house one."

Room to house one? One what? An X-ray machine? I have one in my office. An O.R.? Any 20' x 20' room could be converted into a usable operating room.
Posted By: lovey and thurston

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:31 PM

How do you have the time for all this?? Judy
Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 04:57 PM

Before this thread deteriorates any further let me say....

I meant no disrepect to Natalie. I don't know how Amanda read disrespect into my post.

Amanda, I'm sorry you and I have such an obvious problem. I'm sorry I ever posted about the bribe issue but it happened and I posted it. Let it go.

This post is NOT intended to be a critique of any healthcare providers in Belize.

This post is no more than providing information about obtaining medical licensure in Belize and the obsticles to that goal.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 05:11 PM

I had 3 kids, between 7 - 9.5 lbs. All naturally, without anesthesia. Yes, it hurt, but that is part and parcel of having a baby. I wouldn't have wanted anesthesia and all of the risks that anesthesia and medication carry.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 05:15 PM

Damn, I had forgotten about the bribery thread till now.

Hey, this island is big enough for the both of us. Why don't you come down and start making things happen. Enough talk. Action stations. Time everybody had a big shake up. You might be the right one to do it.

I wish you good luck and happiness.
Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 05:17 PM

Now who has a holier than thou attitude?

So women that want and use OB anesthesia love their babies less than you?

Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 05:20 PM

I have no need to "shake up" anything.

I just want to contribute in a positive way to place that I love.

I'm sorry that you misinterpret my intent but I'm not sorry for speaking my mind or at times pointing out the truth.
Posted By: lovey and thurston

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 05:23 PM

Yeah Amanda, When I was pushing out that last 8 1b. baby, R.B. was too busy to make it to the delivery room. BNU I think if I were your wife I'd be lobbying for you stay with the kind of coverage you seem to have!! Best to drop the subject on the board. Talk to the powers that be and see what you can accomplish.
Posted By: bywarren

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 05:49 PM

Kind of reminds me of a guest coming to your house for dinner and complaining the food is not healthy and you need to re-decorate your living room.

When coming to live in a country as a guest, best not to whine and complain publically about how the citizens of that country run it. Either don't come, or wait until you become a voting citizen to do that. That is what is considered holier than thou and bad manners.

A lot of countries have come up with a name for people, especially people from America, that act like that.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 05:56 PM

I wondered why I was never invited back to your house for dinner!! Hahah.
Posted By: bywarren

Re: Medical license - 08/29/08 06:08 PM

smile As soon as I re-decorate.
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