Category Archive: Health Care

Feb 10 2013

Waiting to See the Doctor, by Jo Stuart

Waiting to see the doctor at Hospital Mexico by Jo Stuart “A nice gentleman gave me his seat, telling me to ‘sit down’ in English. It turned out that he had seen my Trader Joe’s bag and knew I was from the States…He was there with his father-in-law, a handsome man of 84, waiting to …

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Feb 10 2013

Healthcare in Costa Rica—Our Recent Experiences (January 2013)

December was a busy month medically, but January slowed down quite a bit. In early January, we paid our monthly Caja premium. We always go to the Social Security office to pay it. I could pay it anywhere, even online, but old habits are hard to break, so I just go to the office between …

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Jun 04 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Dentist, Part 2

After hearing about her great experiences with her dentist, Paul asked our neighbor, Lisa, at the Cabinas to write a brief article for our newsletter.     Who’s Afraid of the Dentist Now? By Lisa Kolber My first encounter with Dra. Stephanie came when in June of last year I had a problem with a …

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May 07 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Dentist

(Udated 8/17/15) Generally, dentistry is a good deal in Costa Rica. In 2010, Costa Rica had 36,000 medical tourists and 51% of those were for dentistry. Most people hate to go to the dentist, but go anyway, as one of those necessary evils we endure to keep our smiles bright and healthy.   My dentist …

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Mar 08 2012

The EBAIS – Where Healthcare Starts

Updated 4/1/2015 The Caja is Costa Rica’s public health care system. The full name is the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). For many expats living here, their experience is limited to getting their carnet (health system enrollment card) at the Social Security office and getting prescriptions or lab tests through the Caja. But in …

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Jan 10 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Join the Caja, Costa Rica’s National Medical System

$61.00 per month — this is the amount we pay for health insurance in Costa Rica, and this is one of the main reasons we stay in Costa Rica. (NOTE: amount updated after 23% rate increase in late 2012 for voluntarios — immigrants who joined the Caja voluntarily, and another increase in January 2014.) The …

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Jun 22 2011

My Experience Using the Costa Rica Medical System (the “Caja”)

When we decided to write about how the Costa Rica National Health Care System (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social – “Caja” for short) works, I didn’t realize that I would have an opportunity to write about my own personal experience.  It’s  really scary to be facing a medical problem while living in another country, one …

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Mar 14 2010

INS Medical Insurance

        The Community Action Alliance Costa Rica recently hosted a seminar featuring a representative agent for INS, the Country’s optional national insurance provider.  If you would like to read the seminar summary and see a scan of the INS medical insurance brochure which was given out that afternoon, visit the Private Health …

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Mar 14 2010

What’s the “Caja?”

The Caja is Costa Rica’s public health care system. The full name is the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). We were able to join the Caja after being in-country for 21 days.  We had already submitted all of our residency paperwork and had the signed form which verified that fact.  We joined in our …

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Sep 05 2009

Video 3: The Big Issue: Healthcare

This is part three of a four-part video series recorded one month before our move to Costa Rica. At our home in Baltimore, we talked about our thought-process, the variety of research we did, and the many decisions we made along the way. We hope you enjoy watching them, and we look forward to offering …

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