Tag: Healthcare

Nov 05 2018

Caja Payment Exemptions for Snowbirds, Rainbirds, and Other Part-time Residents

In anticipation of our planned three-month visit to Mexico this year, we asked a friend to explain to us, and to our readers, how a part-time legal resident of Costa Rica can avoid having to pay for the Caja during the months one is out of the country. Most of these folks are “snowbirds,” as …

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Oct 26 2018

What Are the Countries With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care?

Bloomberg just published it’s article, “These Are the Economies With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care,” stating that “The U.S. will cost you the most for treatment, both in absolute terms and relative to average incomes, while life expectancy of Americans — about 79 years — was exceeded by more than 25 countries and territories, …

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Oct 26 2018

What’s Up With the Yeatmans? CT Scan, Cancer, and the Caja-Part 2

As we told you in our last newsletter, Paul came home recently from two weeks in the hospital after having surgery for kidney cancer. Here is a video we shot the day he was to head to the hospital, telling the story-to-date. We hope that you will find it interesting, not only the specifics about …

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Aug 27 2018

What’s Up With the Yeatmans? CT Scan, Cancer, and the Caja-Part 1

You may have noticed that our healthcare expenses have been higher the last few months. Part of the increase was due to preventative care such as my yearly gynecologist appointment and associated tests and new glasses for Paul. But we have had some other issues going on as well. Paul came home on Monday, August …

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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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