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Good News: UCR Respirators Pass Clinical Tests

The two prototypes of respirators designed by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) to assist people sick with COVID-19, have passed clinical tests and are almost ready to start production. Both prototypes were subjected to tests this week with robotic models and other resources at...

US Embassy Donates Medical Protection Equipment to the Caja

The United States Embassy in San Jose, ​​through SOUTHCOM's Humanitarian Assistance Program, on Friday (March 27)  made the first of two donations of medical protection equipment to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS). United States Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day said: "I am...

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...

From respirators to body bags: CCSS invests US$15 million against coronavirus

Almost 300 respirators are on their way to the Caja's hospitals, increasing the capacity to attend to the most complicated patients with covid-19 from 440 respirators at present to more than 700 in the coming days. The stretchers and body bags for corpses will also...

Alajuela Hospital suspends outpatient services because of cases Covid-19

Authorities of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) decided to suspect outpatient services at the San Rafael de Alajuela Hospital for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of the confirmed covid-19 patients being treated at the medical center. The temporary suspension of outpatient services ensures...

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...

San Juan de Dios hopital staffer leaked fake news about the first case of a new coronavirus in Costa Rica

It was last Saturday, February 29. A staffer at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the heart of San Jose circulated in a social network a test performed on a woman in that medical center, assuring that the result confirmed positive of the...

Costa Rica Rules Out That Six Engineers Who Were in China Have Coronavirus

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security - said Monday afternoon that six engineers who were in a training course in China and returned to the country with respiratory symptoms were not carrying the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV. "This weekend we...

Health Ministry Readies For Possible Arrival of Coronavirus

Although several people have consulted for suspected coronavirus, the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) has ruled out all cases. The most recent were six engineers who traveled to China and when they returned to Costa Rica, they had respiratory symptoms. Facing a possible arrival of...

Vice Minister of Finance resigns for family business debt with VAT and CCSS

The Deputy Minister of Revenue, Nogui Acosta, resigned his position on Saturday after it became known that a family business owed the Ministry of Finance some ¢10 million colones for the value added tax (VAT), and ¢15 million to the CCSS for employer labor...

Strike that paralyzed public health last month declared illegal

The eight-day strike of public health sector workers last month was declared illegal by Juzgado de Trabajo de San José (San Jose Labor Court). From August 5 to 12, thousands of workers of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) crippled the State health system,...

Unemployment already hits social security

The worrying unemployment figures that affect the country not only have a direct impact on people's purchasing power and a vicious circle effect on the economy. They also have begun to reflect on social security. After two years in a row in which the number...

Trade Unions Suffer An Abrupt Cut In Power

In less than a week, Costa Rica's trade unions (sindicatos in Spanish) suffered an abrupt cut in power with the approval in first debate on Tuesday of the bill to curtail strikes. However, they threaten further protests to try to defend their right to strike...

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...

Strike Is Over: Health Workers Retain Bonuses and Annuities While Courts Resolve Conflict

Representatives of the public health sector unions, government authorities and the Caja Costarricense Seguro Social (CSS) signed the agreement on Monday, following 42 hours of meeting, to end the strike at public hospitals and clinics that started a week ago. In the deal, the Government...

When Will The Strike End? Nobody Knows.

After more than 10 hours of negotiations on Sunday, the strike by public health sector workers that started last Monday, continues today, Monday, August 12. And with no clear end in sight. Last night, union leaders called on their membership to continue the strike movement. The...

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...

Health Workers Strike To Continue For 72 Hours More

What began Monday morning as a 48-hour strike by public sector health workers was extended for another 72 hours, that will now come to an end at 6:00 am Saturday, continuing the distress of patients awaiting surgery and medical appointments in CCSS hospitals and...

Public Health Workers Strike Continues Today. Why Are They Striking?

As announced, the 48-hour strike by public health workers continues today, Tuesday. The strike is scheduled to end at 6:00 am Wednesday when all striking workers are expected to return to their duties. According to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) data, 12,101 workers...

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...

Papilloma vaccination will begin in schools to protect girls from cervical cancer

Starting on June 3, all schools in the country, public and private, will begin the program to vaccinate the first group of 35,150 10-year-old girls against the virus that causes cervical cancer. It is expected that by September the entire target population will have been...

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...

Poverty hits thousands of seniors in Costa Rica

Every year, poverty in Costa Rica reaches more seniors (adultos mayores), a situation that, paradoxically, condemns thousands to have a worse quality of life in what should be the stage of development of greater fullness of people: old age. Between 2010 and 2018, the percentage...

American family with four children suspected of having measles

The office of the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) - Costa Rica's child welfare service - in Cóbano, Puntarenas, says it will intervene in the case of the American couple with four children suspected of having measles - sarampión in Spanish. The parents of...

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...

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