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Why This Texas Doctor says Costa Rica’s Health Care System Beats The US

Why This Texas Doctor says Costa Rica’s Health Care System Beats The US

Q COSTA RICA (Internationaliving.com) I was sitting on our cantilevered terrace, listening to birdsong and the river flowing below me. I pondered the 11,000-foot-tall Volcano Irazú in the distance. From the top of the tallest volcano in the country, it’s possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. Suddenly there […]

Drones Will Deliver Medicine To Remote Areas of Costa Rica

Drones Will Deliver Medicine To Remote Areas of Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Eight remote towns in Talamanca and  Valle La Estrella starting in 2017 will receive drugs via drones, thanks to a new government program by the Ministry of Health. Operated by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), clinics (Ebais)  in the remote communities will receive the medication, reducing the waiting time to less than […]

Caja Headquarters To Get A Retrofit

Caja Headquarters To Get A Retrofit

(QCOSTARICA) What do you do if the building you own is out of date, in need of a serious overhaul including structural repairs? Move. Albeit temporarily. That is the decision by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) or the Caja, which needs to vacate its 12 storey building in downtown San Jose, where daily […]

Does Public Healthcare (Caja) Deserve to Survive?

Does Public Healthcare (Caja) Deserve to Survive?

(QBLOGS) The Caja (Caja Costaricense del Seguro Social – CCSS) has tried and tried to provide quasi-public healthcare for 70 years only to face an insurmountable deficit, long lines, a shortage of doctors, much needed medical equipment, and minor league patient care. The original intent was or is admirable, but reality is not. Why not […]

Costa Rica Approves Sale Of Dengue Vaccine

Costa Rica Approves Sale Of Dengue Vaccine

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica has endorsed the entry into the country of a vaccine that protects against dengue, becoming the 5th country in the world and fourth in Latin America to approve the Sanofi Pasteur‘s tetravalent dengue vaccine. The vaccine, called Dengvaxia, was recently endorsed by the WHO World Health Organization) recommendations supporting the safety, […]

San Juan de Dios Turns 170

San Juan de Dios Turns 170

(QCOSTARICA) San Jose’s most central hospital, the San Juan de Dios, kicked off its week-long 170th anniversary celebration with a “birthday party” in the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre). Like any 170 year old, the hospital is a little creaky and seems to be tottering along as best it can. President Luis Guillermo Solis was on […]

Sex Social Workers Say Caja Fails In Protecting Them Against STIs

Sex Social Workers Say Caja Fails In Protecting Them Against STIs

(QCOSTARICA) The risk for sex social workers (prostitutes) and their clients of contracting a sexually transmitted infecion (STI) has increased over the past several months, due to changes in the Costa Rica Social Security or Caja (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social – CCSS) – in shutting down the specialized services. Nubia Ordonez Ugalde, head of the […]

In Vitro Births Put Caja on Alert

In Vitro Births Put Caja on Alert

(QCOSTARICA) The Medical Director of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, Dr. María Eugenia Villalta, updated the local press on the steps being taken to care for two expectant mothers who will have 10 babies between them very soon.  The mothers underwent in vitro fertilization overseas and then returned to Costa Rica. The high risk […]

Women in Costa Rica Must Wait Up To One Year For A Mammogram

Women in Costa Rica Must Wait Up To One Year For A Mammogram

QCOSTARICA – If a woman in Costa Rica wants to detect early breast cancer, it’s best she visit a private medical centre for a mammogram or ultrasound. This, because the waiting times at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) – public hospitals and clinics – is around one year, more or less,  according to Dr. […]