Tag: Healthcare

Jun 07 2018

MediSmart: An Affordable Alternative to Private Health Insurance in Costa Rica

Updated June 7, 2018 Like many expats in Costa Rica, we don’t have private health insurance. It is next to impossible to find private coverage for folks over 70 years of age or that doesn’t exclude preexisting conditions. And affordability is another factor for us with annual plans in the thousands for the two of …

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Apr 19 2018

Our Recent MediSmart Experience

We continue to be pleased with both the service and prices we receive through Hospital Metropolitano’s MediSmart Plan. For the two of us, the plan costs $180/year and gives us discounted rates on doctors visits, laboratory and radiology, prescriptions, hospital stays and even operating room costs. In February and March, Paul and I scheduled some …

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Jan 22 2018

Using the Caja’s Online Appointment System

Change sometimes comes slowly in Costa Rica, but eventually, it does come. Such is the case with Costa Rica’s Caja. Back in July 2014, the Tico Times published an article about changes to the public healthcare system which would allow patients to schedule their appointments online. Here is an excerpt of the article: “Good news …

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Dec 26 2017

In the Mailbag – Suspending Caja Fees, Body Donation, Simplicity, and Thoughts About Paradise

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. After reading our August Cost of Living report, Nancy contacted us with the following question: Hi Paul and Gloria, We certainly enjoy reading your monthly newsletter.  However, it brought to mind a question that we have been wondering about. …

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Dec 26 2017

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica: My Experience – Part 2, by Vikki Riggle

Yesterday, my Facebook feed popped up a picture of me in Costa Rica with a smile full of new teeth.  For me, it was a reminder that it’s been more than three years since I had a whole mouthful of work done and that Gloria was expecting me to write a follow-up review of my …

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Jul 16 2017

My 2017 Healthcare Plan, by Rob Evans 

The Problem While surveying US healthcare over the past several years, I became increasingly concerned that the future looks rough. The number of Americans 65 and over continues to increase. Those seniors are overweight, out of shape, and have a number of pre-existing conditions like hypertension, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, etc. Also, baby-boom doctors are retiring …

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Jun 03 2017

In the Mailbag – Medicare and Health Insurance

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. This month’s questions dealt with Medicare (U.S. citizens) and health insurance. Mark N. wrote, I notice in your budget and in other representative budgets on your web site (the woman living for ~ $1200 per month) there is no …

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Jun 03 2017

Jackson’s Care – A Cost Effective Option for Private Healthcare in Costa Rica

In addition to MediSmart, Hospital Metropolitano’s discount healthcare plan, there is now another option. Jackson’s Care is a brand new plan offered by Jackson Memorial Medical Center. We have been meeting with them over the last two months to understand and document the plan in English for our readers. Jackson’s Care provides a cost effective …

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Feb 14 2017

In the Mailbag-A Reader’s Experience with Medismart-January 2017

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on facebook. Here’s a note we received in our mailbag in response to the information we posted a while back about Hospital Metropolitano’s MediSmart program:  Hi Gloria & Paul I broke my right hip end of June and had to go to …

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Oct 14 2016

Our 2016 Costa Rica Healthcare Plan, by Rob Evans

In a previous article written in 2015, after we first arrived in Costa Rica, I detailed our healthcare plan as follows. (NOTE: click on the link to read the full first article.) Care Flow: pharmacy, public doctor, public hospital, and private hospital. Preventive: Change to preventive lifestyle.  Use local clinic (EBAIS) for regular checkups and to discuss …

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