Tag: Healthcare

May 12 2015

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica: My Experience – Part 1, by Vikki Riggle

by Vikki Riggle Picking out a new dentist can be a scary experience, right? Well, imagine doing it blindfolded, while throwing darts at a map on the wall and you’ll have some idea of how I felt when I decided to look for a dentist in Costa Rica. I mean, I’m not at all dental-phobic …

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Apr 03 2015

More Great Caja Experiences: Learn the System

by Norman Siegel We are learning the system! The first CAJA 101 lesson — always take all your paperwork from the doctors with you. One purpose of our visit to our EBAIS (local clinic) doctor last month was to get prescriptions for our medications through the Caja. We had been paying for them out-of-pocket at …

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Mar 29 2015

Learn “Survival Spanish” With Medical/Healthcare Terms at CPI

Have you ever worried about describing your health issues to caregivers in a Spanish-speaking country like Costa Rica? CPI Spanish Immersion School in Costa Rica Spanish classes for Healthcare Tour CPI offers private Spanish classes with emphasis on survival Spanish (for example: greetings, basic verbs, basic grammar) and medical vocabulary from the patient perspective. CPI offers 3 …

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Jan 20 2015

In the Mailbag: Residency, Caja Payments, and a Question about Diabetes Care in CR – January 18, 2015

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. Residency After reading Norman Seigal’s article, Alajuela to San Ramón, Another Adventure, in our January 8th newsletter, Merry had this question: How were Norman & Frankie able to STAY in CR after their first …

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Oct 19 2014

In the Mailbag – October 19, 2014

Our last newsletter on healthcare and health insurance generated a LOT of discussion, both on our website and on facebook. We received the following comment from a reader about “In the Mailbag: Regarding Getting Residency in Costa Rica and Joining the Caja.” A good friend, who has been a PT for many years, recently had …

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Sep 26 2014

For U.S. Citizens: How the Affordable Care Act Affects Expats

Our experience with purchasing travel insurance for our trip back to the States led us to check out the specifics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has an “individual shared responsibility provision” which is defined as follows: What is the individual shared responsibility provision? Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government, state …

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Sep 26 2014

Update: Travel with Confidence When You Purchase Travel Insurance

We have an update to our article about purchasing travel insurance. You can read the entire article at this link: Travel with Confidence When You Purchase Travel Insurance. But for this update, here’s a brief recap: For our recent two-week trip to the U.S., we opted to purchase travel insurance when we were buying our airline tickets …

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Sep 26 2014

New Development: Make Caja Appointments by Phone

  The Tico Times reports: Good news for users of Costa Rica’s public health care system: Starting in August, the Social Security System, or Caja, will have a new link on their website (www.ccss.sa.cr) for patients to schedule appointments online. In a first stage of the project, the digital service will allow patients to make …

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Sep 26 2014

In the Mailbag: Regarding Getting Residency in Costa Rica and Joining the Caja

In the Mailbag – September 26, 2014 Our “Questions and Answers” column in the last newsletter generated a lot of response. The topic was “Getting Residency in Costa Rica and Joining the Caja.” You can read the original question and answer here. Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts. Tom B. wrote: It’s not so easy …

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Sep 26 2014

Our Caja Experience, by Norman and Frankie Siegel

by Norman and Frankie Siegel We recently met Norman and Frankie in Alajuela when we were having lunch at Jalapeños Restaurant, a favorite with both expats and Ticos. They recognized us from photos on our website and introduced themselves. They arrived in Costa Rica just this year, quickly applied for residency and joined the Caja. They agreed …

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