Saturday 15 May 2021

Medical Association of Costa Rica Ends Mockery Of The “Dictamen Médico”

Medical Association warns that in three months everything will change, there will be special analysis for taxi drivers and bus drivers and a review of the mental abilities of the (doctor) examiner

Within three months the “dictamen médico” (medical opinion) that is mandatory obtain a driver’s license and its renewal, will not be issued to persons with certain medical conditions or history.

Signs like in the photo point new drivers and drivers renewing their license to the mandatory medical exam.

This was confirmed by Dr. Andrés Castillo, president of the Colegio de Médicos de Costa Rica (College of Physicians of Costa Rica).

- Advertisement -

“A morbid obesity, certain spinal injuries, traumas due to accidents, cardiovascular diseases, movement disorders, very old age, deep visual disorders, will not receive the opinion. Of course, each case will be seen separately, but in Costa Rica, not everyone can be given the medical opinion to a drivers license how it is happening today, that must change,” said Dr. Castillo.

The Comisión de Medicina del Colegio de Médicos Ticos (Medical Committee of the College of Costa Rican Doctors) designed a new course that must be completed by all doctors in the country that provide a “dictamen médico” for a driver’s license, that now it will include a review of the mental abilities of the examiner.

The main objective of the changes is to avoid the many traffic accident deaths and injuries. Last year alone the INS- the state insurer – treated 35,843 injured due to traffic accidents, more than half of them motorcyclists.

This change is part a joint effort by the College of Physicians, Ministry of Health, MOPT, Conavi, Policia de Transito (Traffic Police), the Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (Instituto sobre Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia – IAFA) – and the national insure, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS).

- Advertisement -

Currently, getting the “dictamen médico” or medical certificate is ‘as easy as pie’. The hardest part of the dictamen, if you are not near a licensing center, is finding a doctor licensed to issue the document, which is now issued online and linked directly to the MOPT licensing database.

No appointment is necessary, the service is on a first come first served basis. If there is no one in line, you are out of the exam in less than 5 minutes, in which a good part of that time is verifying ID and completing the online form.

Read more: How I Renewed My Drivers License In An Hour And At The Cosevi

A few questions, a cursory eye exam and you are done. If for the first time, confirmation of blood type is required. Pay the ¢20,000 colones (current cost fo the Dictamen Médico), wait for the medical practitioner to complete the online form and you are done.

There is no verifying if the patient (driver) is lying, as in hiding any serious medical condition, there is not follow up.

At the licensing center, the database confirms the medical exam and your renewed or first driver’s license, for multiple years, is issued.

- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Foreigners will NOT have their driving privileges extended past Nov 18

QCOSTARICA - Usually, foreigners can use their foreign driver's license for...

Legislators Propose Sending Drivers In Crash With The Train To Driver Ed

Legislators are considering a novel approach to eliminating, at least reduce,...

MOST READ

Nicaragua, the safest country to travel in the region despite Covid-19: Study

TODAY NICARAGUA – A study based on data from the WHO and the University of Oxford placed Nicaragua as one of the “10 safest...

The 20 best places to visit in Costa Rica

LONELY PLANET - Costa Rica is famous for its lush coasts, biodiverse jungles, stunning waterfalls, and dramatic volcanoes – not to mention a mix...

27-year-old connected to an ‘artificial lung’ for 111 days after infected with covid-19

QCOSTARICA - In contrast to the belief that only the old get deadly sick after being infected with covid-19, a 27-year-old old and a...

College of Physicians proposes to apply 150,000 doses weekly; tighten vehicle restrictions

QCOSTARICA - Applying 150,000 doses per week of the covid-19 vaccine and establishing stricter vehicle restrictions temporarily, are the two main proposals of the...

Protesters tried to block roads, but Police prevented closures

QCOSTARICA - Small groups of protesters tried to block several routes in the country on Monday, but the Fuerza Publica (National Police) managed to...

Keltner Channel Strategy Explained for Beginners

The trading world is full of trading strategies that vary by assets, timeframes, and, of course, technical indicators. In this article, you will learn...

New batch of 124,000 doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine arrived Tuesday

QCOSTARICA - A new batch with 124,020 doses of the covid-19 vaccine landed Tuesday night, as part of the weekly deliveries from Pfizer. With this...

Rodolfo Méndez will complete the Circunvalación, a work that he started in 1978

QCOSTARICA - It's been almost 43 years since the Circunvalación (Ruta 39) project, to provide the capital with a peripheral ring road, was started,...

Colombia surpasses 80,000 COVID-19 deaths; ICU’s nearly full

QCOLOMBIA – Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Colombia passed 80,000 on Friday, May 14, with intensive care units almost full in the biggest cities,...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.