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Can a foreigner be covered by the Costa Rican social security?

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Can expats use Costa Rica's public healthcare system, CAJA?

This question was posted in the frequently asked questions section of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CAJA / CSS) website. Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social website had the following answer: "Yes, the Costa Rican social security regime is a non-exclusive regime, for those who meet the requirements established by the legal system, including foreigners, residents or inhabitants who are legally in the country can be insured under the principles of universality and solidarity."

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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