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Feb 11, 2016

New K.H.M.H. Chair Says Institution is Crippled by Debt

Marilyn Williams

Chair of the Board of Governors at the K.H.M.H., is Marilyn Williams; who is an attorney and has health care experience as a nurse.  Williams says that one of the challenges the hospital is facing is a huge debt that is crippling the institution.


Marilyn Williams, Chair, Board of Governors, K.H.M.H.

“The public’s perception is that when you got to Karl Heusner, your care should be free. And they have no anticipation of paying at all. And so we have to work with the public to have them appreciate what healthcare really represents and to understand that that is a service that you are getting and you ought to be contributing towards its cost. Let’s take for example somebody that comes in to have a baby. This is not an unexpected expense and you’ve had nine months to prepare for what I consider to be a very minimal bill. And if you could put something away, a month at a time, come the end of nine months, you should be able to pay your bill.”


William Neal

“And that’s why I was asking about a system…because take for example…you are using that which is a good example that there is an interfacing with the clinics so that you can start preparing people to meet that bill at the end. So there needs to be a system that can be a part of the education, but also be a part of the solution at K.H.M.H.”


Marilyn Williams

“Absolutely. And so we’ve thought about the fact that perhaps in the clinic, what we will start to do is when you come in at the beginning of the pregnancy, to work out a payment plan with you.”

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1 Response for “New K.H.M.H. Chair Says Institution is Crippled by Debt”

  1. Moses Benguche says:

    Belizeans are historically welded to the pre-Independence colonial system where healthcare was free. In most third world countries payment is demanded up front. Bedding and supplies used such as cotton, food etc. are pay as you go. Its too late to break Belizeans out of the habit of not paying for public health care service. I suggest that the government should add a small tax to all consumer goods which would pay for universal healthcare. Most Belizeans, gang victims who shoot each other, drunk drivers, baby mamas having babies, are too poor to put aside money for healthcare. They live “hand to mouth”. They have no concept or don’t care that the service they receive cost money. Every worker pays into social security; they should also pay into a health care fund.

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