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Expat Health Insurance & Healthcare Guide to Costa Rica

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Expats living in Costa Rica discuss health insurance and quality of medical care in Costa Rica.

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Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in San José, Costa Rica


An expat in San Jose, Costa Rica offers an incredibly insightful report about public and private hospitals, doctors in Costa Rica and the costs of prescription medicine.

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Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in Grecia, Costa Rica


An expat in Grecia, Costa Rica advises other expats to head to San Jose for medical care. He hasn't heard any good things about the local CAJA hospital.

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Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in Tamarindo, Costa Rica


An expat in Tamarindo, Costa Rica recommends private health insurance for a sufficient safety net. The private hospital is a 45 minute drive and a public hospital is a 90 minute drive. If you need an MRI, it's a 5 hour drive to San Jose. And, most non-narcotic drugs are available without a prescription.

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Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in Cortez, Costa Rica


An expat in Costa Rica enjoys the low cost of healthcare (a fraction of the cost in the US) and is impressed with the new CAJA Hospital de Osa in Cortez. He offers advice about how an expat qualifies for the public healthcare system (CAJA).

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Having a Baby in San Jose, Costa Rica

I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy here is San Jose, Costa Rica. I couldn't have had a better experience. I have a 3 year old daughter who was born in the states and with her I had to have a C-section. I really wanted to try and have a natural birth with my son, and most doctors will not even discuss that option with you after you have had a C-section. My doctor here at least let me give it a try, it did not happen but he was willing. I had my son at Clinical Biblica in downtown San Jose. After a C-section I left the hospital the very next day and my healing only took 2 weeks and I was back in the gym. It was amazing!! With my daughter it was a horrible recovery and it took weeks. The care I received from everyone was the best. I do not speak Spanish yet, but they were patient with me, and everything went better than I could have hoped for.

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