Belize Waives Public Health Hospital Fees, KHMH Fees Remain Unchanged
Yesterday, the Government of Belize announced that it would be waiving fees at public health hospitals and clinics. While the news is welcoming by many Belizeans around the country, the Ministry noted that fees at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital remained unchanged. Area Representative for Caribbean Shores, Kareem Musa said that Cabinet is holding discussions on what can be done about the fees at the KHMH, but as a statutory body the situation is more complex than dealing with public health clinics. He said that in the meantime, Belize City residents still benefit from the waivers at the other clinics.
Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “That is of course definitely on the agenda. Cabinet did actually consider yesterday, as you are aware, KHMH however, is a statutory authority. And so there has to be greater consultation and consideration where it comes to KHMH, but in respect to all other services, all other clinics that is, we will be seeing the removal of fees. We have clinics in Belize City, and of course our citizens are going to benefit from that service from these clinics right here in Belize City. And KHMH does service the entire country, not just Belize City residents. And so, again, that is something moving forward that I’m certain the Ministry of Health will be looking at.”
The Ministry of Health and Wellness said that the decision to waive the fees was taken to ensure universal access to quality healthcare across the country.