Tag: Healthcare

Aug 01 2016

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

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 us. We rely mostly …

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Aug 23 2015

Healthcare Expenses – A Budget Breakdown

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 (Updated August 23, 2015) Our normal monthly healthcare expenses in Costa Rica are about $170.60. Our monthly average for the year 2014 was $148.69 and the previous year, 2013, it was $157.49. Naturally, a large part of this amount is our monthly CCSS (Caja) health insurance. Here’s how our healthcare expenses break down: Caja: $57.73 for both …

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Aug 19 2015

In the Mailbag – August 17, 2015: Healthcare in Costa Rica

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag about our recent issue concerning healthcare in Costa Rica. From paddicakes: Just to let your readers know there are private medical options in Canada. This includes shoulder replacement surgery. However I personally do …

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Aug 19 2015

Our Costa Rica Healthcare Plan, by Rob and Jeni Evans

by Rob and Jeni Evans Admit it. In spite of the beautiful beaches and the tropical weather, affordable health care is a huge factor in why people retire to Costa Rica. Although I qualified for a pension at age 55, I found I had to continue working just to pay for my health insurance. While …

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Aug 06 2015

In the Mailbag – Healthcare in Costa Rica

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag about healthcare in Costa Rica. From Tom S.: Thanks for the truthful and honest articles on the CAJA. All systems in all countries have had people with good and bad experiences, good for …

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Aug 06 2015

In the Mailbag – Healthcare in Costa Rica: The Doctor Saved His Life

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag about healthcare in Costa Rica. From Nel C.: Last year, my husband, Blue, collapsed in our dining room in the early hours of the morning.  I heard a noise and got up and …

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Aug 06 2015

Healthcare in Costa Rica: An Update about Medicare Advantage, by Bob & Linda Beavis

Bob & Linda recently wrote about their experience with the public healthcare systems in Costa Rica as well as the private. You can read the original article at this link.   Update from Bob Beavis: I just thought I’d let you know that we have finally received word that our claim against our Medicare Advantage plan for Linda’s …

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Aug 06 2015

Healthcare in Costa Rica: From the Public System to the Private-Our Story, by Bob & Linda Beavis

by Bob & Linda Beavis April 26, 2015 It’s isn’t a bruise like we thought……. Linda fell on a section of very rocky road near our house on Friday and hurt her right shoulder. We thought just soft tissue damage but planned to go to our local Caja hospital clinic today for an X-ray just …

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Aug 02 2015

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – August 4, 2015 Special Healthcare Issue

Welcome to our Retire For Less In CostaRica Newsletter In Our Special Healthcare Issue: Costa Rica’s Caja: How it Works From the Public Health System to the Private: Our Story, by Bob & Linda Beavis In the Mailbag – Healthcare in Costa Rica Our Ultimate Healthcare Tour of Costa Rica     Costa Rica’s Caja: How it Works …

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May 12 2015

Q&A: Join the Caja in Costa Rica-How, When, and How Much?

“How long must I live in Costa Rica (and must I be full time) to qualify for Caja? And, when I do qualify, what does it cost? I continue to get very different answers to these questions. Can you set me straight?” – Sherry B.   To best answer Sherry’s question, we consulted our Costa Rica …

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