Tag: Healthcare

Jul 20 2019

In the Mailbag: New Taxes, VPNs, and MediSmart

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. Hi Paul & Gloria, Much confusion seems to exist about the new taxes and reporting requirements. Also, the financial condition of the country given the increasing debt and a lower GNP are problematic. Yet many positive articles also exist, …

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Mar 07 2019

Healthcare Bang-for-Your-Buck

I found the health-efficiency index cited in Bloomberg’s article, “These Are the Economies With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care,” to be one of the more interesting ones I’ve seen in the last several years regarding healthcare in America versus the rest of the world. Put simply, it’s a survey which measures bang-for-the-buck, and in …

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Jan 28 2019

What’s Up With the Yeatmans? CT Scan, Cancer, and the Caja-Part 3

First off, thank you for your concern, support, kindness, and prayers when you learned of Paul’s cancer scare. It is now 4.5 months since his surgery to remove his right kidney and 6.5 months since we learned the results of the CT scan (“TAC” in Costa Rica) which showed two tumors with a 95% probability …

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Jan 28 2019

Costa Rica Caja Health Insurance Payment Scale

We recently got a question from a reader which we couldn’t answer: “If a person has a large pension and his Caja payment is based on the higher percentage (say 13%), is there a cap on the maximum they might pay each month?” We contacted Attorney Roger Petersen, the author of The Legal Guide to …

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Nov 25 2018

My 2018 Healthcare Update, by Rob Evans

OK, the day has finally arrived. I turned 60 – one of those magical ages when the insurance company computers take notice. The result of being one year older was a 40% increase in my expat insurance, WEA. My travel insurance, which I use for travel back to the US where my expat insurance does …

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Nov 23 2018

Jackson’s Care-A Cost Effective Option for Private Healthcare in Costa Rica-UPDATED!

Original article: 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 …

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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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