Medical Services and Institutions Act - Subsidiary

Link to law: http://www.belizelaw.org/web/lawadmin/PDF%20files/cap039s.pdf
Published: 2000

CAP. 039, MEDICAL SERVICE AND INSTITUTIONS ACT - SUBSIDIARY LAW BELIZE

MEDICAL SERVICE AND INSTITUTIONS ACT CHAPTER 39

REVISED EDITION 2003 SHOWING THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS AS AT 31ST OCTOBER, 2003

This is a revised edition of the Subsidiary Laws, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000.

ARRANGEMENT OF SUBSIDIARY LAWS

BELIZE

MEDICAL SERVICE AND INSTITUTIONS ACT CHAPTER 39

REVISED EDITION 2003 SHOWING THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS AS AT 31ST MAY, 2003

This is a revised edition of the Subsidiary Laws, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000.

This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws- Pages

1. MEDICAL DISTRICTS BOUNDARIES 3-6

2. MEDICAL OFFICERS’ FEES AND CHARGES 7-8 (COLLECTION) REGULATIONS

3. MEDICAL SERVICE AND INSTITUTIONS 9-27 REGULATIONS

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



3

CHAPTER 39

MEDICAL DISTRICTS BOUNDARIES ORDER

ARRANGEMENT OF PARAGRAPHS

1. Short title.

2. Boundaries of Medical Districts.

The Belize District

The Corozal District

The Orange Walk District

The Stann Creek District

The Toledo District

The Cayo District.

_________________

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



CHAPTER 39

MEDICAL DISTRICTS BOUNDARIES ORDER

(Section 12)

1. These Rules be cited as the

MEDICAL DISTRICTS BOUNDARIES ORDER.

2. The following boundaries shall define the areas of the several medical districts of Belize:

THE BELIZE DISTRICT

Commencing at the mouth of Mangrove Creek; thence upward along the course of Mangrove Creek and the southern branch thereof to its source; thence in a straight line to the source of the westernmost tributary of Indian Creek; thence downward along the courses of Indian Creek and Sibun River to the mouth of Nancy Porter Creek; thence in a straight line to Big Falls, Belize River; thence on the true bearing N. 470 42’W. along the boundary of the estate named Sarah Hume’s to Spanish Creek; thence following the course of Spanish Creek and Lagoons to the northernmost point of Revenge Lagoon; thence in a straight line to the south-eastern comer of Bulkhead Works; thence southward along the seashore to the point of commencement. Including all the Cayes north of a line drawn due east from the mouth of Mangrove Creek, and Glover’s Reef Cayes.

THE COROZAL DISTRICT

Commencing at the south-eastern corner of Bulkhead Works; thence northward along the seashore to River Hondo; thence upward along the course River Hondo to Cocos; thence in a straight line to Chan Bank on New River; thence

Ch. 79. Ch. 30

Short title.

Boundaries of medical districts.

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



5

in a straight line to the junction of Freshwater Creek with Savannah Lagoon; thence in a straight line to the south-western corner of Bulkhead Works; thence eastward along the southern boundary of Bulkhead Works to the point of commencement.

THE ORANGE WALK DISTRICT

Commencing at the south-western corner of Bulkhead Works; thence in a direct line to the junction of Freshwater Creek with Savannah Lagoon; thence in a direct line to Chan Bank on New River; thence in a straight line to Cocos on River Hondo; thence upward along the course of the River Hondo to Blue Creek; thence upward along the course of Blue Creek to the Western Frontier line; thence southward along the Frontier Line to Tu-Tu Creek; thence downward along the courses of Tu-Tu, Creek. Yalbac Creek, Labouring Creek, and Belize River to Big Falls; thence on a true bearing N. 470 42 ̀W. along the Boundary of the Estate named Sarah Hume’s to Spanish Creek; thence following the course of Spanish Creek and Lagoons to the northernmost point of Revenge Lagoon; thence in a straight line to the point of commencement.

THE STANN CREEK DISTRICT

Commencing at the mouth of Mangrove Creek, thence upward along the course of Mangrove Creek and the southern branch thereof to its source; thence in a straight line to the source of the westernmost tributary of Indian Creek; thence southward in a straight line to the junction of the three uppermost branches of Swasey Branch of Monkey River; thence in a straight line to the southernmost point of Point Placentia; thence northward along the coast to the point of commencement. Including all the Cayes south of a line drawn east from the mouth of Mangrove Creek and north of a line drawn east from the mouth of Monkey River, except Glover’s Reef Cayes.

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



THE TOLEDO DISTRICT

Commencing at the mouth of River Sarstoon; thence upward along the course of River Sarstoon to the concrete pillar on the north bank thereof which marks the position of the Western Frontier Line; thence northward along the Western Frontier Line to the point in north latitude 160 42’; thence eastward in a straight line to the junction of the three uppermost branches of Swasey Branch of Monkey River; thence in a straight line to the southernmost point of Point Plancentia; thence southward along the coast to the point of commencement. Including all Cayes south of a line drawn east from Monkey River

THE CAYO DISTRICT

Commencing at Big Falls, Belize River; thence upward along the course of Belize River to Labouring Creek; thence upward along the courses of Labouring Creek, Yalbac Creek and Tu-Tu Creek to the Western Frontier Line; thence following the Frontier Line southward to a point in north latitude 160 42’; thence eastward in a straight line to the junction of the three uppermost branches of Swasey Branch of Monkey River; thence northward to the source of the westernmost tributary of Indian Creek; thence downward along the courses of Indian Creek and Sibun River to the Mouth of Nancy Porter Creek; thence in a straight line to the point of commencement.

_______________

.

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



7

CHAPTER 39

MEDICAL OFFICERS’ FEES AND CHARGES (COLLECTION) REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1. Short title.

2. Collection of fees, etc. in court.

________________

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



CHAPTER 39

MEDICAL OFFICERS’ FEES AND CHARGES (COLLECTION) REGULATIONS

(Section 66)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the

MEDICAL OFFICERS’ FEES AND CHARGES (COLLECTION) REGULATIONS.

2. (1) In a district court a police officer or an officer of the Medical Department may, when authorised in writing by a medical officer so to do, appear and act for such medical officer for the purpose of collecting fees or charges for any professional services which a medical officer is directed or required to perform under the Medical Service and Institutions Act.

(2) All fees or charges so collected shall be paid into the Treasury.

_______________

Ch. 79. Ch. 30.

Short title.

Collection of fees, etc. in court.

CAP. 39

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



9

CHAPTER 39

MEDICAL SERVICE AND INSTITUTIONS REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1. Short title.

2. Control of service and institutions.

3. Directives.

4. Reports and returns, etc.

5. Letters and communications.

6. Duties.

7. Private practioners.

8. Admission of patients.

9. Allocation of beds and staff.

10. Patients’ money and jewellery.

11. Safe keeping by relative or friend.

12. Patients confined to wards.

13. Visits between patients.

14. Diet.

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



15. Disorderly behaviour by patient.

16. Out-patients.

17. Visiting hours.

18. Discretional visiting hours.

19. Prohibition of visitors.

20. Tobacco, food and drink brought into the ward.

21. Public excluded from kitchen.

22. Visits by ministers of religion.

23. Singing and services in wards.

24. Schedule of fees.

25. Mode of fixing charges.

26. Out-patient charges.

27. Work done for private medical practitioner.

28. Consultation charges.

29. Specialist medical officers.

30. Free treatment of employees of institutions.

31. Free treatment of certain other officers and employees.

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



1 1

32. Free treatment of certain diseases.

33. Vaccination and inoculation.

34. X-ray examination.

35. Private pratice by medical officers.

36. Permission for private practice.

37. Determination of applications.

38. Hours for private practice.

39. Accommodation for private practice.

40. Government facilities for private practice.

41. Fees.

42. Private practice by dental surgeon.

43. Display of fees.

44. Maximum fees.

45. Fees chargeable by surgeon.

46. Definition.

48. Fees chargeable by dental surgeon. ___________ SCHEDULE ___________

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



CHAPTER 39

MEDICAL SERVICE AND INSTITUTIONS REGULATIONS

(Section 66)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the

MEDICAL SERVICE AND INSTITUTIONS REGULATIONS.

General 2. The Director of Health Services shall be responsible for the proper working and efficiency of the Government Medical Service and institutions.

3. All departmental directives in connection with the work of the Government Medical Service shall be made either through or by the Director of Health Services.

4. All reports, returns and requisitions required to be submitted by medical officers, either departmentally or for the purpose of being ultimately forwarded to the Governor-General, shall be forwarded in the first instance to the Director of Health Services.

5. All letters and communications whatsoever made by members of the Government Medical Service relative to their duties, rights and privileges, or to the institutions of which they may have charge shall pass through the hands of the Director of Health Services.

6. Subject to the provisions of the Medical Service and Institutions Act, the duties of medical officers, medical subordinates and hospital servants shall

Ch. 79 Ch. 30 41/1964. 31/1967. 40/1967. 21/1973. 29/1973. 6/1975. 2/1977.

Short title.

Control of service and institutions.

Directives.

Reports and returns, etc.

Letters and communica- tions.

Duties. CAP. 39

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



1 3

be such as may from time to time be laid down in writing by the Director of Health Services, and it shall be the duty of all such officers, subordinates and servants to obey all lawful orders and directions issued by the Director of Health Services in relation to their duties to the administration and management of medical institutions.

7. (1) The Director of Health Services may, at his discretion and subject to such conditions as he may deem fit, permit any registered medical practitioner, not in the employ of the Government, to continue to attend any private patient after the admission of such patient to a medical institution.

(2) The Director of Health Services may at any time without notice withdraw any permission granted by him in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1) of this Regulation.

In-Patients 8. Patients shall normally be admitted to a hospital between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. upon presentation of the prescribed guarantees. Urgent cases shall be taken in at any hour.

9. (1) Every patient admitted to a medical institution shall occupy the bed in the ward which has been allocated to the patient by the medical officer in charge of the institution.

(2) Any patient may after admission be moved to any other bed or ward on the instructions of the medical officer in charge of the medical institution.

(3) Subject to the provisions of Regulation 7 of these Regulations the allocation of patients (whether in-patients or out-patients) to the care of any member of the medical or nursing staff of a medical institution shall be an administrative matter for decision by the medical officer in charge of the institution. No patient shall be entitled to demand that he be placed under the care of any particular member of the institution’s medical or nursing staff.

Private practioners.

Admission of patients.

Allocation of beds and staff.

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



10. (1) Patients on admission to a medical institution are required to hand over for safe keeping to the medical officer in charge of such institution any money, jewellery or other valuable property brought by the patient into the institution. Unless such property is so handed over for safe keeping, no responsibility shall lie with the institution for its loss during the patient’s stay in such institution.

(2) Medical officers in charge of medical institutions shall see that suitable arrangements are made for the safe keeping in a locked room, cupboard, safe, strong box or other repository of all property received from patients in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1) of this Regulation.

(3) The medical officer in charge of any medical institution shall take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that-

(a) a register is kept in which shall be entered separately under the name of each patient details of all property received from him;

(b) a detailed receipt is issued to each patient for all such property received from him, a carbon duplicate of such receipt being retained by the officer issuing it;

(c) a patient, on being discharged from the institution, shall have all property handed over by him for safe keeping returned to him on his surrendering and countersigning the receipt issued in respect of such property.

11. Notwithstanding anything contained in Regulation 10 of these Regulations if the officer in charge of any medical institution is of the opinion that no adequate facilities exist for the safe keeping of a patient’s property, he may require that it be given by the patient into the safe keeping of a relative or friend outside of the institution.

Patients’ money and jewellery.

Safe keeping by relative or friend.

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



1 5

12. No patient in a medical institution shall enter any part of that institution other than the ward assigned to him without the express permission of the officer in charge of the institution.

13. No patient in any ward of a medical institution may visit a patient in any other ward, except at such times and under such conditions as the officer in charge of the institution may approve.

14. The diet of a patient in a medical institution shall be in accordance with the scales laid down by the Director of Health Services.

15. Any patient in a medical institution who behaves in a disorderly manner, or who refuses treatment offered to him, or who disobeys or fails to comply with the provisions of these Regulations, or who disobeys or fails to comply with any lawful instructions or orders given to him by a member of the medical or nursing staff may be summarily discharged from the institution by the medical officer in charge thereof.

Out-patients 16. Out-patients seeking attention at a hospital, dispensary or health centre will normally be seen only on the days and during the hours specified by the Director of Health Services by notice published in the Gazette and on a notice board prominently displayed outside the institution. Urgent cases will be attended to at the hospital at any time.

Visitors 17. Visitors shall be admitted to see patients in any medical institution at such times as the Director of Health Services may determine by notice published in the Gazette and on a notice board prominently displayed outside the institution.

18. The officer in charge of any medical institution may at his discretion, where in his opinion special circumstances exist, permit a visitor to see a patient at a time other than the official visiting hours for such period of time and subject to such conditions as such officer in charge may deem fit.

Patients confined to wards.

Visits between patients.

Diet.

Disorderly behaviour by patient.

Out-patients.

Visiting hours.

Discretional visiting hours.

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



19. Any visitor or visitors may at any time by reason of any special circumstances be prohibited by the officer in charge of any medical institution from entering any ward or visiting any patient therein.

20. No visitor or other person shall take into any ward, or give or send to any patient any tobacco, or any food or drink of any kind, without the express permission of the nurse in charge of the ward; and the nurse in charge of such ward may order the removal from any ward of any such article brought to a patient without her permission.

21. No person, other than an authorised member of the staff, shall enter the kitchen, dispensary, storerooms or any other part of any medical institution not normally open to the general public without the prior permission of the officer in charge of the institution.

22. Every medical institution shall be open between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 p.m. to ministers of religion or persons duly accredited by them to visit the sick. In special cases of illness, or for special purposes, there will be no restriction as to the visits of ministers of religion.

23. The holding of services or singing in the wards of a medical institution are strictly forbidden, except by special permission of the officer in charge of the institution.

Rates of Payment in Institutions 24. Subject to the other provisions of these Regulations, the charges set out in the Schedule hereto shall be made in respect of the matters therein set out. All such charges shall be payable into general revenue.

25. (1) Subject to the provisions of sections 23, 24 and 26 of the Medical Service and Institutions Act, the medical officer in charge of a patient shall exercise his professional discretion to ensure that the charges are fair and reasonable.

Prohibition of visitors.

Tobacco, food and drink brought into the ward.

Public excluded from kitchen.

Visits by ministers of religion.

Singing and services in wards.

Schedule of fees.

Mode of fixing charges. CAP. 39.

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



1 7

(2) Charges payable by in-patients for accommodation, maintenance, operations, medicines or services shall accrue from day to day.

(3) Without prejudice to the right to make earlier demand for any charges due, the medical officer in charge of the institution shall , on the discharge of any in-patient, prepare or cause to be prepared a detailed account of all charges owing by such patient and shall see that such account is handed to the patient before he leaves the medical institution.

(4) The classification of an operation and the determanation of the fee payable therefor is within the discretion of the medical officer performing the operation.

26. All out-patient charges, whether for consultation, treatment, medicines or for any other hospital laboratory or other services, shall be paid by the person responsible for such payment at the time of each attendance of the patient or at the time such charges are incurred.

27. The responsibility for the payment of any laboratory, X-ray examination or operation fees in respect of a patient referred to a medical institution by a private medical practitioner, shall lie with the private medical practitioner concerned.

28. Where any person requests and is granted a consultation at or in a medical institution or at any other place with a specialist medical officer a specialist consultation fee in accordance with the rates set out in the Schedule hereto shall in addition to any other charges be payable.

29. A specialist medical officer is a medical officer whose qualifications either by diploma or by experience is recognized by the Director of Health Services to be a specalist medical officer

30. All employees of a medical institution shall be entitled to free medical treatment, and if admitted to a medical institution shall not be charged any fees.

Out-patient charges.

Work done for private medical practitioner.

Consultation chargers.

Specialist medical officers.

Free treatment of certain disesases.

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



31. (1) Any officer or employee of the Government and their families shall be exempt from the payment of any charge or part thereof to the extent and in the circumstances laid down by law or in any Regulations applying to such officer or employee or in any agreement or contract made by the Government applying to such officer or employee.

(2) Any teacher in a Government primary school or in a Government grant-aided primary school shall be exempt from the payment of any charge or part thereof to the extent and in the circumstances laid down by law or in any Regulations applying to officers of the Government.

(3) Any employee of the Belize City Council or of a District Town Council who falls ill during his employment shall receive free medical treatment at government hospitals and clinics and, if admitted to hospital, shall not be charged for maintenance.

32. Notwithstanding the other provisions of these Regulations no charge shall be made in respect of the maintenance or treatment at any medical institution of any person suffering from tuberculosis, venereal disease or malaria or who

(a) was born in Belize, or

(b) is ordinarily resident in Belize.

33. No charge shall be made for any protective vaccination or inoculation where such vaccination or inoculation is according to the Director of Health Services necessary in the interests of general public health.

34. No charge shall be made for any X-ray or laboratory examination where such examination is according to the Director of Health Services necessary in the interests of general public health.

Free treatment of certain other officers and employees.

Free treatment of certain diseases.

Vaccination and inoculation.

X-ray examination.

41/1964

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



1 9

35. (l) A Medical officer in the full time employment of the Government shall not engage in private practice except with the consent in writing of the Minister. Where such consent has been given private practice shall only be carried on outside of normal working hours and shall not be carried on in a Government Hospital or clinic and shall not interfere with such Medical Officer’s official duties.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-regulation (1) of this Regulation a Medical Officer may at any time in an emergency give treatment to any person whether such person has previously been his private patient or not.

(3) A Medical Officer who gives treatment in an emergency to a private patient during normal working hours shall keep a written record of all such treatment and such record shall be open to inspection by the Director of Health Services.

36. (l) The consultation fees, exclusive of medicines supplied, payable to a Medical Officer exercising his private practice shall be as follows:

(a) for a first visit for treatment or examination at the Medical Officer’s place of private practice .. $5.00

(b) for each subsequent visit for treatment or examination in respect of the same ailment .. ..$3.00

(c) for each visit by the Medical Officer to the patient’s home .. .. .. $7.50

(d) for each certificate issued .. .. .. .. .. $2.00

(2) Where any visit is made, whether to the Medical Officer’s place of private practice or to a patient’s home between the hours of nine p. m. and seven a.m. the following morning the fees payable under the provisions of sub- regulation (1) of this Regulation may be increased by fifty percent.

31/1967 Private practice by medical officers.

40/1967.

40/1967.

31/1967. 2/1977.

40/1967

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



(3) Notice of such charges printed in bold capitals at least half an inch high, shall be prominently displayed in the premises used for private practice.

37. No Specialist Medical Officer in the employment of the Government shall engage in private practice except with the permission in writing of the Minister.

38. In deciding upon any application, the Minister may have regard to the need for any more private practitioners in that area and may in his absolute discretion refuse any application or whilst granting permission attach any conditions he may deem appropriate:

Providing always that the Minister may at any time and without stating reasons therefor, revoke the permission granted by him.

39. Where such permission is granted private consultative practice shall be carried on outside the normal working hours of that officer, and, except in the case of dental surgeons, outside Government Medical Institutions:

Provided that a Specialist Medical Officer may at any time in an emergency give treatment to any person whether that person has previously been his private patient or not. A Specialist Medical Officer who gives treatment in an emergency to a private patient during normal working hours shall keep a written record of all such treatment and such record shall be open to inspection by the Director of Health Services.

40. A Specialist Medical officer shall make his own arrangements for accommodation for private consultation, and where a Specialist Medical Officer uses his Government quarters for private practice he shall be liable to pay rent at the rate of ten per cent of his salary.

31/1967.

Permission for private practice. 2/1977.

Determination of applications. 2/1977.

Hours for private practice.

Accommoda- tion for private practice.

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



2 1

41. (l) A surgeon may be permitted to undertake private surgical treatment during normal working hours and to use Government facilities therefor, so long as suitable facilities are not available elsewhere for such treatment. He shall make arrangements for his own anaesthetist.

(2) Anaesthetists may be permitted to assist in operations under- taken by surgeons in the course of their private surgical treatment during normal working hours.

42. An operating theatre fee of twenty-five dollars for a major operation and fifteen dollars for a minor operation shall be payable to the Government by a surgical private patient, in addition to fees for accommodation, drugs, x-ray, laboratory tests and the other dues owing to the institution. The surgeon performing the operation shall be responsible for all dues payable to the institution.

43. The following provisions shall apply in the case of the dental surgeon:

(a) private practice shall be permitted only outside normal working hours;

(b) he shall pay the Government an annual rent of one thousand two hundred dollars if he is in Belize City and seven hundred and twenty dollars if he is in any other town for the use of government facilities;

(c) expendable materials used in private practice shall be purchased by the dental surgeon and shall be kept entirely separate from similar Government materials.

44. The fees payable by patients shall be displayed prominently at the place of private practice by such Specialist Medical Officer.

45. (1) The maximum fees chargeable by a Specialist Medical Officer carrying on private practice are as follows:

Government facilities for private practice. 2/1977.

Fees. 2/1977.

Private practice by dental surgeon. 2/1977.

Display of fees. 2/1977.

Maximum fees. 2/1977.

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



(a) on a first visit for consultation at the Specialist Medical Officer’s place of private practice ... ... ... ... ... $15.00

(b) for each subsequent visit in respect of the same illness ... ... ... $ 7.00

(c) for each visit by a Specialist Medical Officer to the patient’s home ... $17.00

(d) for each certificate issued ... $ 2.00

(2) Where any visit is made, whether to the Specialist Medical Officer’s place of private practice or to a patient’s home between the hours of nine o’clock in the night and seven o’clock in the morning the fees payable under the provisions of paragraph (1) of this Regulation may be increased by fifty per cent.

46. The fees chargeable by a surgeon are as follows:

Major operation - $75.00 - $225.00 Minor operation - $15.00 - $ 60.00

These fees shall include all fees payable to the anaesthetist.

47. For the purposes of Regulations 41, 42 and 46 the term “surgeon” includes an “Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist”.

48. The fees chargeable by the dental surgeon are as follows:

Filling .. .. .. .. $12.00 - $45.00 Cleaning Teeth .. .. .. $10.00 - $20.00 Dentures .. .. .. $25.00 - $85.00

Fees charge- able by surgeon. 2/1977.

Definition. 2/1977.

Fees charge- able by dental surgeon. 2/1977.

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



2 3

Extractions .. .. .. .. .. $ 3.00 Multiple Extractions (Children under G.A.) .. $25.00 X-ray .. .. .. .. .. .. $ 3.00 Surgery of fractured mandible .. .. .. $75.00 Impacted tooth .. .. .. $20.00 - $25.00

______________

SCHEDULE OF CHARGES (Regulation 24)

The scale of charges at Medical institutions, and for out-patient services thereat, shall be in accordance with this schedule-

(1) Patients in Medical institutions shall be divided into five classes on the basis of income as follows:

(i) Category I, being persons whose income is over $4,800 per annum, or whose hospital expenses are paid directly or indirectly by their employers under their contract of employment; or who hold a policy of insurance entitling then to payment by the insurer of hospitalization benefits;

(ii) Category II, being persons whose income is not less than $2,400 and not more than $4,800 per annum;

(iii) Category III, being persons whose income is not less than $1,200 but under $2,400 per annum;

(iv) Category IV, being persons whose income is less than $1,200 but no more than $600 per annum;

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



(v) Category V, being persons whose income is under $600 per annum.

(2) The following charges shall be payable by each class of patients:

________________________________________________________________________ Item Category Category Category Category Category

I II III IV V __________________________________________________________________

$ $ $ $ $

Accommodation, Maintenance, Nursing and medical attendance per day (non-private accommodation) 5.00 2.00 1.00 .05 Free

Medicine supplied at cost 2.50 Price Flat Rate Free Free Free

Maternity 40.00 25.00 15.00 5.00 Free Surgical Operations

(a) Major 50-150 25-65 10-40 5.00 Free (b) Minor 10-40 5-25 5.00 Free Free

Specialist Consultation Fee 10.00 5.00 2.00 1.00 Free Medicines Supplied at cost 1.00 0.25 Free Free Domiciliary Deliveries 25.00 15.00 7.50 Free Free Dental out-patient for each extraction 3.00 2.00 1.00 Free Free

X-ray Examination (a) Patients under 100% of 311/3% of 1.75 flat Free Free Treatment in the charges charges rate insitution listed listed (b) Patients unde r 100% of 331/3% of 331/3% of 331/3% of 331/3% of treatment of charges charges charges charges charges private prac- listed listed listed listed listed titioners

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



2 5

Laboratory Examin- 50.per 25.per 50. Free Free ations unit for unit for flat

each test each test rate subject to

a minimum of 50

Vaccinations for each international certificate issued 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 Free Food handlers - for each examination 1.00 1.00 1.00 Free Free Electocardiogram 3.00 1.50 1.00 Free Free Basal Metabolic rate 7.50 2.50 1.50 Free Free

(3) In addition to the above charges, patients desiring private accommodation at a hospital shall pay charges as follows for accommodation:

Private Room - $7.50 per day - single accommodation - front room

or

$5.00 per day - single accommodation - back room

Semi-private Room of 2 beds - $4.00 per bed per day

(4) The cost of medicines supplied to patients shall be deemed to be the landed cost plus handling charge of 15%

(5) The Charge for each X-ray shall be -

Medical Service and InstitutionsCAP. 39]

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



Abdomen $ 7.50 Ankle Joint 4.50

Barium Enema 18.00 Barium Meal 15.00

Barium swallow 9.50 Bronchography 11.00 Calcancum 4.00 Cervical Vertebrae 7.00 Chest 6.00 Cholangiography (T. tube) 10.00 Cholecystangiography (Intravenous) 18.00 Cholecystography (Oral) 10.00 Coccyx 7.00 Cystography 10.00 Drip Infusion Pyelogram 18.00 Elbow Joint 4.50 Facial Bones 7.00 Femur 7.50 Finger 3.00 Foot 4.50 Forearm 5.50 Hand 4.50 Hip Joint 7.00 Humerus 7.50 Hysperosalpingography 10.00 Intravenous Pyelogram 16.00 Knee Joint 6.00 Leg 6.50 Lumbar Vertebrae 9.00 Lumbosacral Vertebrae 9.00 Mandible 7.00 Mastoids 8.00 Maxilla 7.00 Myelography 21.00

THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2003 Printed by the Government Printer,



2 7

Pelvis 8.00 Retrograde Pyelogram 16.00 Ribs 8.00 Sacro-Iliac Joints 8.00 Shoulder Girdle 6.00 Sinuses (Nasal) 7.00 Skull 8.00 Sternum 6.00 Teeth (Dental Films) 1.00 Thoracic Inlet 7.00 Thoracic Vertebrae 9.00 Toes 3.00 Wrist Joint 4.00
Read Entire Law on www.belizelaw.org