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PacificLots
3/3/2012 12:46 EST

Here's my new topic. Please if you don't have something positive to contribute to this topic, please do not post....

Costa Rica has changed my life. I can afford a lifestyle i could not in the US. I can afford "wellness care" that I could not have afforded in the states, I have had a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, a bone density scan, an ultrasound of my organs, a stress test, an EKG, blood and urinalysis that I would never have been able to afford in the US. I did not take any of these tests because I was sick in any way. I took them to verifty that I am well. The colonoscopy in the US was going to cost me nearly $3000. I had all these tests done without the aid of any insurance and paid $1100 total. I have also been able to afford the dental care I had been putting off for years in the US. I have had mulitple crowns, root canals, a bone graft and dental surgery and to date have spent less than $2000 for all of it. The last crown and root canal I'd had in the US cost me over $2000 just for one.

I have also had the opportunity to be involved in a volunteer capacity. My wife and I worked with the SPCA in the US and with an organzation devoted to providing low cost and no cost healthcare for women. I have found equally meaningful opportunities to "help out" others less fortunate than we are in Costa Rica. No country is perfect but I don't know of any other that I would prefer to be involved with.

rickally
3/3/2012 17:52 EST

Yeah, it's great. Cost is cheap, and the private hospitals are very good. But thank god you don't have to live in CR to take advantage of the heathcare!

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nickyMT
3/3/2012 21:22 EST

Great story, keep up the good work. Nice to hear.

calsrf
3/5/2012 09:00 EST

I am shipping my truck to Puerto Limon CR in March and I would like any advice from anyone who has done this. I am entering the country with a tourist visa Thanks Calvin James

PacificLots
3/5/2012 13:04 EST

Check with ABC moving...

jdonohie
3/5/2012 23:49 EST

Nice post. Thank you for that. Having just arrived, I have to believe in the positive.

jd

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