Saturday, 28 November 2020

[BLOG] Breast Cancer And Therapy in Costa Rica

Image from http://www.fundeso.or.cr/
Image from http://www.fundeso.or.cr/

QCOSTA RICA BLOG – It is hard to find a female over 40 that does not want or need a mammogram. And, if positive: help! (That is the best and only word to describe the feeling.)

However, research all you can on the internet and visit the Cima, Biblica or even Catolitica private hospitals and we find that a mammogram and consultation costs a mini-fortune.

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Turn to social medicine, Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social – CCSS, also commonly known as the “Caja”, and it might take up to one year for a simple mammogram and another six months to see an oncologist.

As published “in the middle” column of Qcostarica some months ago regarding dentistry and primary health care, we also can suggest a foundation in San Jose that will provide a mammogram + diagnosis + appointment with an oncologist for a total package of some of 6,000 colons for appointment setting and 28,000 colons for (a) a mammogram, (b) ultra sound, and (c) an appointment included which includes an oncologist.

Total out of pocket = ¢34,000 colons (about US$65 dollars)

Try and beat that!

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Most private clinics charge ¢40,000 for mammogram and another ¢50,000 for a consultation with a qualified physician.

The foundation, Fundeso also provides on-going therapy and support groups for those who test “positive”. This is a volunteer only organization which is available in many countries in Latin America, including our own Costa Rica.

You can call, but the line is usually busy, or go directly to their San Jose facilities and pay the ¢6,000 colones while arranging a mammogram  appointment.

While I personally suggest Fundeso – Fundacccion Nacional de Solidaridad Contra el Cancer de Mama –  for breast cancer intervention, this organization does much more and you need to go there to understand.

Imag from http://www.fundeso.or.cr/
Imag from http://www.fundeso.or.cr/

Bring up on your computer: www.fundeso.or.cr and then Costa Rica “Yes,” it might be an internet struggle but the results “vale la pena” (worth it).

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Good luck and may you be totally free of cancer.

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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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