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Caja To Inform Patients Via Whatsapp In the Correct Use Of Their medication

The Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS) announced a new modality to communicate with patients. The CCSS will use email, Whatsapp and phone calls to inform patients about the correct use of medications, how and when. The program is now available at the Ebais (local clinics)...

Public Hospital Wokers Back To Work

Workers at public hospitals and clinics (Ebais) were back at work this Monday morning, following an agreement reached in the early hours of Saturday morning. Hospitals like the San Juan de Dios, Calderon and Mexico and others are now busy rescheduling appointments and surgeries lost...

CCSS Comes To An Agreement With Worker Unions To End The Strike

One by one, public sector workers vote to end the national strike that began on September 10. In the early hours of this Saturday morning, the CCSS announced that a deal to end the strike was reached with the worker's union, the Undeca and Sinae. Se...

The wake of the strike: 90,000 medical appointments and 3,000 surgeries canceled

Today Monday is the start of the fourth week of the national strike by the public sector workers that has left a trail of casualties in the health sector, patients losing medical appointments and surgeries. According to the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS)...

CCSS Begins Blood Donation Campaign on Sundays

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security Fund, will be out on Sundays for blood donors to meet the demands of the medical centers. The CCSS seeks to maintain reserves and thus guarantee the condition of patients who need transfusions. This...

Following An Appeal To The Sala IV, Patient Does Not Have To Wait 9 Years For An Ultrasound

For an increasing number of patients of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), the State Health System, an appeal to the Sala IV (Constitutional Court) is the only remedy to accelerate urgent medical care. Such was the case of a Desamparados woman who requires...

Caja To Start Annual Massive Flu Vaccination in June

The national flu vaccination campaign will start next month, with the goal of protecting 1.3 million people against the virus that causes the flu. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will invest US$7 million in the purchase of the doses. The massive vaccination is...

Caja Will Wse Seized Drug Money To Treat Addictions

With some ¢500 million colones (US$890,000) that seized from drug trafficking, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) also known as the Caja, will bolster of care for people with addictions in the country. With the money, the Caja will propose a project for the...

Donate Blood

The Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security Fund - made a call to the population of Escazú to voluntarily donate blood on Sunday, March 18, at the República de Venezuela school. The doors will be open from 8 am at...

Every 12 Minutes The Caja Attends To A Traffic Related Injury

Recklessness is the foremost cause of traffic accidents in the country, with numbers rising in recent years. On average, every 12 minutes, state medical centers receive someone injured in a traffic accident. The Caja Costarrisence de Seguro Social (CCSS), in 2017, attended to 43,987 patients with...

How CSS Can Save a Little Money

Let’s face it when it comes to money Pura Vida is really good at spending it and juggling it to accommodate whatever wants to accommodate. The institutions, state and autonomous such as the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) & RECOPE (gasoline prices), just raise rates...

Costa Rica’s State Insurer Loses Market Share

For the first time since the opening of the insurance market in 2010, the State insurer, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), has lost its dominance in the health insurance segment, which is now led by Pan American Life Insurance. Pan American Life took 40%...

Failure of Employer To Register Domestic Worker With The Caja Can Be Costly At The End

Employing domestic labor for two people for almost two decades but without paying the social security, in the end will be more expensive to the employer, who now faces a judicial collection from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social...

New Health Minister: “We Work To Ensure The Suitability of Medical Students”

Q COSTA RICA Ensuring quality in the education of medical students is one of the priorities that Karen Mayorga Quirós, the new head of the Ministry of Health, says she will focus on. Other priorities will be to continue the process of joining the Organization...

Staying Single Was A Good Business For Children of Government Pensioners

Q COSTA RICA - Staying single (not legally married) was a good business for dozens of children of government employee pensioners. Their 'single' status allowed them to collect their parents' pensions, after their death, without age limit, regardless of profession, or having a salary...

Costa Rica Proposes Raising Retirement Age To 70

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - An actuarial analysis prepared  by the School of Mathematics of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), confirms that the Costa Rica Social Security Fund (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social - CCSS) - commonly referred to as the "Caja" -...

68,000 On Waiting List For Surgery In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - At last count 67,784 people are on the waiting list for surgeries at Costa Rica's public medical centres, of that are four patients in Perez Zeledon, waiting for an operation since 2010, according to the data from the Área...

Man Sues Caja For Delays In Surgery And Wins

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - The story begins in 2005, when a man, identified by his last name, Benavides, visited a Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) or "Caja" health centre for an inguinal hernia. Following the medical exam on October 20, 2005, hospital staff...

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...

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...

Some 270 Public Officials In Costa Rica Earn More Than ¢10Million Monthly

Costing him almost ¢300.000 colones, legislator for the Movimiento Libertario, Otto Guevara, said he was able to obtain a list of public officials earning more than ¢10 million colones (US$18.500 dollars) monthly. Guevara said the list is from the April payroll report to the Caja...

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...

Same-Sex Couples in Costa Rica Now Entitled to “Survivor Pension”

QCOSTARICA - The Board of Directors of the  Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)  - social security, approved to extend coverage of the régimen de Invalidez, Vejez y Muerte (IVM) - dubbed 'survivor pension', to same-sex couples. The decision complements an agreement reached in 2014,...

The “Serious Side” Of The Yucca

The buzz around the water coolers in Costa Rica is the "yuca", the viral video of surgeons removing a cassava from a 64 year-old man's rectum. The details of the circumstances of how it happened and why, are irrelevant. What is worrisome is the video...

Caja Reports Ten Deaths From AH1N1; 54 Patients in Four Hospitals

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rica Social Security - has confirmed the number of deaths from the AH1N1 virus is not at ten: five at the San Carlos hospital, three at the San Rafael hospital in Alajuela, one...

Costa Rica Confirms 7 Deaths To AH1N1 Virus

QCOSTARICA - Authorities of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security - confirmed Tuesday the death this month of seven people from the AH1N1 virus. The deaths occurred in the hospital in San Carlos, the Max Peralta and another private...

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...

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...

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...

Season Flu Vaccination Program Underway

QCOSTARICA - The flu season in Costa Rica is around the corner, with the start of the rains. For that, the  Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS), has begun its annual vaccination program that aims to vaccinate 715.000 people during this month and next. The...

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...

Strike Continues At Majority Of The Ebais Clinics

Workers of 34 of the 45 Equipos Básicos de Atención Integral en Salud (Ebais) -  Basic Equipment Comprehensive Health Care operated by the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) continue their strike and the panorama is not encouraging. The 220 workers of the Ebais...

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