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COVID-19 has sent 5,000 people to hospital in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Almost 5,000 people in Costa Rica have occupied hospital beds due to COVID-19, reveals the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). According to data from the Medical Management of the CCSS, as of September 18, a total of 4,854 people been discharged from one...

Residents can now enter Costa Rica without being current with their Caja payments

(QCOSTARICA) Foreigner residents of Costa Rica can now enter the country legally even if they behind on the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) payments. The change was announced this Monday night, September 7, 2020, and applies immediately. Residents who are behind on their Caja payments...

Pandemic leaves Costa Rica without vaccines against polio, tetanus, chickenpox and pneumonia

(QCOSTARICA) Six months after the declaration of national emergency due to the pandemic, an unprecedented situation has arisen: the shortage of three vaccines, which represent around 30% of that applied to children and seniors. Until this August 27, the General Store of the Caja Costarricense...

Caja continues reduction in health insurance for September

(QCOSTARICA) For the sixth consecutive month, the Caja Costarricense maintains a reduction in monthly contributions. The decision, which benefits employers, self-employed workers, and the voluntary insured. Employer contributions will remain reduced to 15% with respect to the contributions o February 2020. ...

US Embassy donates three medical mobile units to expand capacity of the Caja

(QCOSTARICA) Three Mobile Medical Units (UMM) were donated to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Socia (CCSS) from the United States Government. Each one has five modules that can be used independently or interconnected. The units will provide support to health facilities at a time when it...

One in four Caja employees confirmed with covid-19 is a nurse

(QCOSTARICA) One in four Caja workers with a positive diagnosis for covid-19 works in Nursing. At August 7, that Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) had confirmed 996 positive cases among all its personnel; 249 of them were nurses Those 996 workers are part of the...

Who will get a respitator and not if hospitals collapse in Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA) Faced with the unstoppable increase in patients hospitalized by COVID-19, public hospitals are preparing in the event that they have to make the most difficult and painful decision of the entire pandemic: select who gets a respirator and who doesn't. The Caja Costarricense de...

24 patients with COVID-19 who have received convalescent plasma

(QCOSTARICA) Amid the bad news of the sharp increase in cases and hospitalizations this week, the good news is that 24 people with COVID-19 have now received convalescent plasma therapy. "Most of these patients have evolved well," said Mario Ruiz, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro...

Two more weeks with so many new cases of COVID-19 could collapse Health

(QCOSTARICA) From Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 June,  a total of 1,003 new positive cases of COVID-19 were registered. In the last five days, all over 140, including the highest ever for a single day, 169 on June 25. If this trend continues, according to...

Half of Costa Ricans over 19 have at least one risk factor for coronavirus

(QCOSTARICA) The coronavirus pandemic puts a third of the Costa Rican population in particular danger, the 1.6 million over the age of 19 who suffer from high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, or smoking. These are all diseases that complicate the health of patients with COVID-19. According...

Costa Rica will resume hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19 patients

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) will resume hydroxychloroquine treatment in COVID-19 positive patients in a few days, suspended a week ago. The research protocol necessary to reactivate the treatment is in its final phase of elaboration, confirmed the Caja. The document will be...

Costa Rica Suspends Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Patients

(QCOSTARICA) The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social - CCSS) suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19. Through a press release, they Caja said that from today (Thursday) the temporary suspension of hydroxychloroquine. Dr. Mario Ruiz Cubillo, medical manager of...

Costa Rica will randomly test for Coronavirus

(QCOSTARICA) Supermarkets, barracks, hairdresser salons, churches, nursing homes, Ebáis and other sites in high social risk areas will be used for the random sampling of Coronavirus. This is a strategy that the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will implement during this month, according to...

103-year-old mother and 83-year-old daughter receive flu shot at home

Luz Ania Carrillo Vargas, 83 and her mother, doña Licitania Vargas Arce, 103, were among the elderly to get a visit at their home from an official of the Ciudad Quesada health area, to vaccinate them against the seasonal flu. Sitting in an armchair in...

Our cell phones would help curb the spread of the coronavirus

A CCSS app(lication) already installed on at least 1.2 million cell phones in Costa Rica could become an instrument to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. It's called Expediente Digital Único en Salud (EDUS) - Unique Digital Health Record, it has been operating since...

Caja Is In Trouble, But There Are No Immediate Liquidity or Solvency Problems

In the midst of a crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is requiring the government to pay a debt of ¢1.95 trillion colones to face the lack of income from worker-employer contributions. In response, Costa Rica President Carlos...

Hydroxychloroquine: the drug Costa Rica uses successfully to fight covid-19

Used in the world for decades in the treatment of malaria, a month ago, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) decided to apply hydroxychloroquine to patients infected with the new coronavirus until a vaccine is available. Thi immunosuppressanta drug is produced in Costa Rica. The...

Caja say it has the drug with “potential” to combat COVID-19

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) or Caja says it has the drug called hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, which is being used in other countries to assess whether or not it is effective in treating COVID-19. The president of the Caja, Román Macaya, confirmed that...

9 Cases and 34 Suspected of Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Yellow Alert Declared!

Costa Rica's Ministry of Health confirmed Sunday afternoon that the number of infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus rose to nine, while there are 34 other suspects. The confirmed ones are the following: 49-year-old woman, a U.S. tourist arriving in Costa Rica on March 1 without...

Caja Pharmacies Now Using Paper Bags For Prescription Medicines

In the coming days, all patients picking up their prescribed medications at state health pharmacies, Equipos Básicos de Atención Integral en Salud ( Ebáis) - local clinics - and hospitals will receive them in paper bags. The use of paper bags over plastic following a...

Health will denounce strikers for blocking health orders

The Ministry of Health will denounce to the Prosecutor's Office the strikers who, allegedly, would have hidden key information to issue the sanitary orders that would have put an end to the strike in CCSS hospitals. The press office of that ministry said the alleged...

Caja and Unions Can’t Agree; Dialogue Will Continue, And So Will The Strike

After nine hours of talks, representatives of the worker unions and CCSS (Caja) authorities did not reach any agreement. The strike in hospitals and health centers will continue today Saturday. “Unfortunately we have not reached an agreement at this time, tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 am...

Medical doctor performed amazing operation without opening up a patient with cancer

Dr. Jorge Vargas raised the prestige of the doctors of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS or Caja) successfully carrying out a truly incredible operation at the Enrique Baltodano Hospital in Liberia, Guanacaste. The doctor, trained in Italy, connected the stomach with the small...

State institutions to withhold money from delinquent employers

Legislators approved in first debate a bill that authorizes state institutions to withhold payment from companies delinquent with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). For example, if the "patito" company who owes the Caja for worker contributions and is doing work for say the...

89-year-old woman about to lose her sight has to wait to 2021 for cataract surgery

"It hurts me as to how they send me from one place to another. It's what I tell my granddaughter: what they do is make fun people my age, they think you don't feel anymore. It is a mockery; surely they think 'this old...

She had an appointment for 2023, but now she must be attended to it in less than three months

Imagine having to wait weeks for a medical appointment. What about months? And Year? Or four years? That was the case of a young woman identified only by her last name Chacón, suffering from severe back pain, having to face the reality of waiting four...

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)...

Brasier Changes The Life Of Women Who Have Had Breast Cancer In Costa Rica

The biggest fear of a woman diagnoses with breast cancer is not just losing her life, but also one or both of her breasts. Although medical advances allow reducing the number of surgeries in which the entire breast is removed because of a tumor, it...

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...

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...

Costa Rica Bets on Education to Prevent HIV/AIDS

The Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rica's Social Security, known commonly as "La Caja" is commemorating today, December 1,  the International Day of Struggle Against HIV/AIDS, with awareness actions in medical centers throughout the country. Public hospitals, clinics and other health centers...

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