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Expat Exchange - Health Care in Escazu 2024
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Health Care in Escazu

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Explore healthcare options for expatriates and digital nomads in Escazu: uncover top-rated providers, hospitals, and medical facilities to meet your needs while living abroad in Escazu.

Escazu is home to a public and private healthcare system. The public healthcare system is called Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) and is used by both locals and foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals in Escazu for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Public hospitals in Escazu are typically crowded and have long wait times, but the care is generally good. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Costa Rica. However, many expats prefer to use private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Private hospitals in Escazu are typically more modern and have shorter wait times, but the care is more expensive.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Escazu

There are several recommended clinics and hospitals in Escazu for expats. Clinica Biblica is a private hospital located in San Jose, about 10 minutes away from Escazu by car. Clinica Catolica is a private hospital located in San Jose, about 15 minutes away from Escazu by car. Clinica Santa Monica is a private hospital located in Santa Ana, about 20 minutes away from Escazu by car. Clinica San Jose is a public hospital located in San Jose, about 10 minutes away from Escazu by car. Clinica San Rafael is a public hospital located in San Rafael, about 15 minutes away from Escazu by car.

Emergency Services in Escazu

There are ambulance services in Escazu. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 911 or call the local fire department. Ambulances typically come quickly, but there can be delays depending on the situation.

Health Insurance Companies in Escazu

The most popular private health insurers in Escazu are Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and Nacional. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, although some may opt for specialized expat health insurance providers.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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