Costa Rica Premium Health Care
Costa Rica has some of the best healthcare in Latin America. There are two systems: the Costa Rican government-run universal healthcare system, Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS, or Caja) and the second private system. Both healthcare systems are constantly being upgraded with ongoing staff training (80% of Costa Rican doctors have been trained in USA and Europe), new infrastructure (hospitals, small clinics) and outstanding diagnosis technology.
In Costa Rica, healthcare costs are low in comparison to those in the United States and even some European countries. Healthcare costs are about a third to a fifth of what you’d pay in the United States, depending on the treatment. Many doctors, especially in private practice, speak English and have received training in Europe, Canada, or the U.S. Medications are also much less expensive.
Private healthcare is also available, which is affordable and high quality. There are three large, private hospitals that most expatriates use: CIMA hospital in Escazú, Clínica Bíblica in San José, and Hospital La Católica in San José-Guadalupe. All of these facilities are in and around the capital city, San José.