"If you are enrolled in the CAJA (socialized medicine), prescriptions are free at the local clinic after being prescribed by the CAJA physician. Sometimes generic forms of the medicine are available. If you are on a very specialized prescription, you may need to purchase this at a local pharmacy (farmacia) and you would be required to incur the expense but generally most medicine is available thru the CAJA. If you choose to purchase your prescriptions outside of the CAJA system, there are at least ten farmacias in Jaco and the surrounding area. You will not need a prescription for most any medicine with the exception of intense narcotics. If you need something of that degree, a private care physician can prescribe them for you. Some prescriptions are higher costing than the US such as Allegra, simple asprin, etc. Generally speaking if you can purchase it stateside in a bottle of (for example) 365 pills it is less expensive to do so as packaging here is by individual blister pack pills. Other meds like Lyrica and Eliquis are dramatically less expensive than the states. Resident discounts are generally offered in the amount of 10% at farmacias for local residents," said one expat in a report about healthcare and health insurance in Playa Jaco.
"I was speaking with a friend yesterday, who was previously diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, and the oncologist at H.Mexico explained that the medication that they recommend to treat this and some other cancers, is Tarcevaor or its genetic equivalent, Erlotinib. However, CAJA does not provide this and the cost will be US $5,000 for a minimum of 3 treatments."
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