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Hospital-doctor strike extended to Saturday

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PuraVida
8/7/2019 10:45 EST

What began Monday morning as a 48-hour strike by public sector health workers was extended for another 72 hours, that will now come to an end at 6:00 am Saturday, continuing the distress of patients awaiting surgery and medical appointments in CCSS hospitals and Ebáis across the country.
The worker unions, in announcing the extension, are demanding a negotiating table of ‘very high level’ with the commitment of the Government to respect the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) agreement signed on February 20th. https://qcostarica.com/health-workers-strike-to-continue-for-72-hours-more/

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ILuvCR
8/7/2019 11:41 EST

Thank you for sharing your source!

Pura Vida!

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PuraVida
8/8/2019 10:07 EST

Will tourists receive attention at hospital Emergency rooms during the strike? Relatives of the chemist Mario Castro Calvo, 48, filed a lawsuit claiming that he died Tuesday at his house after a doctor from the Emergency room did not want to attend him at the San Rafael de Alajuela Hospital.
Helen Navarro, sister of the deceased, said that Mario ?had difficulty breathing? with bronchopneumonia at the Alajuela Hospital and that he could not breathe well, but that ?"?he was told there that ?he? was not a serious patient (red), but a green one and that he ?should go? to the? clinic? Ébais de Montecillos de Alajuela after 2 p. m. to be attended ”.
However, the chemist retired to his home, where he died three hours later. Apparently he was hypertensive and had diabetes. We cannot allow people to die for some people who want to maintain their ?union ?privile??ges? by striking?, ”said his brother.
The ?La ?Nation newspaper tried to ?obtain? the version of the medical director of the San Rafael Hospital, Francisco Pérez Gutiérrez, but he did not answer the calls made to his cell phone.
Castro's funeral will take place this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. m. in the Carmen church in Alajuela.

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jim42
8/8/2019 14:36 EST

Totally, totally pathetic...….but that is Pura Vida. A stinking 3rd world country and people thinking about retiring there should re-evaluate there thinking. IMO a number of gringos on here are most likely in the business end and looking for a quick dollar. I still vacation in Mexico and will be going back for my 14th visit...….BTW I did visit Nica twice last year and much better than CR.

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lindyluvsCR
8/8/2019 15:38 EST

Jim - I am assuming not when they had violence in Nicaragua. I personally know people in my church whose relatives had to escape. There is also lots of violence in Mexico. Maybe not where you stayed, but I know there is., And it is not pretty.

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jim42
8/8/2019 15:49 EST

In Nica the violence started 10 days after I left. As for Mexico I have never had a problem in where I stay (Merida) but then again anyone can get caught in a cross fire. Articles I have read pits cartels against cartels and law enforcement/military/relatives of such. I eat and drink with the locals and it is a lot of fun,

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Chucklesg
8/8/2019 17:26 EST

Violence in almost any Latin American country is encountered by people in cartel organizations, or people who chase drugs etc in these countries. Only in the US is violence wreaked on innocents at a store, movie, concert, school, etc. That is why 3 Latin American countries plus several European have cautioned their citizen NOT to travel to the US.

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ILuvCR
8/8/2019 18:21 EST

jim42, Costa Rica is not "3rd world"

Somalia, Afghanistan,the Congo, North Korea are 3rd world countries.

They didn't have 3.02 million international tourist arrivals last year, a Tony Roma's, Victoria Secret, or national health care and they aren't well established democracies.

I know that you are not comparing my home, Costa Rica to those places, right?

Don't bother Googling it for me because I know what you will find but I know what I know!

Pura Vida!

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ppbritton
8/8/2019 19:07 EST

the culture of costaricenses does not allow empathy to be a factor in their decisions!! in the 15 years I lived there and saw the blocking of the roads by protesters inhibiting the passage of ambulances attempting to get dying patients to hospitals (who expired due to such opprobriums) - also the severely disabled children resulting from doctors who refused to assist births due to being on strike!! PURA VIDA

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Beaver2015
8/9/2019 00:58 EST

ILuvCR, Afganistan is considered a developing country, so is Costa Rica, Gaza and Zimbabwe

http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/third-world-countries/

There are many countries around the world classified as a developing country. This includes (in alphabetical order):

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi
Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan), Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba
Djibouti, Dominican Republic
Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana
Haiti, Honduras
India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraw
Jamaica, Jordan
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (N. Korea), Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic
Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya
Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar
Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria
Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines
Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda
Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic
Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu
Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam
West Bank and Gaza
Yemen
Zambia, Zimbabwe

Pura Vida. LOL.

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PuraVida
8/9/2019 09:07 EST

The La Nacion newspaper is reporting that the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ), similar to the FBI, filed a complaint for possible wrongful death of a professional man, who a doctor apparently denied medical attention to at the San Rafael de Alajuela Hospital, during the current medical strike. The investigation is in the hands of the Judicial Police, where the alleged crime of wrongful death is being investigated as a form of malpractice. The death of the chemist happened on Wednesday, in the middle of a strike that the CCSS unions maintain to protect the 21 bonuses they charge in addition to their base salaries. I am still wondering if tourists will be attended to if they have to visit an Emergency Room. Maybe someone with connections to the US embassy can shed some light on that question.

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Beaver2015
8/9/2019 09:08 EST

ppbritton,

https://www.worlddata.info/iq-by-country.php

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PuraVida
8/10/2019 12:08 EST

After nine hours of talks, representatives of the worker unions and CCSS (Caja) authorities did not reach any agreement. The strike in hospitals, emergency rooms and health centers will continue and the dialogue will continue but without lifting the strike at State hospitals and clinics.

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overit2
8/14/2019 16:16 EST

Lack of empathy is a malady that seems is affect human beings in general-regardless of where you live. Here in the US I've seem similar protests blocking....don't even get me started with the mass murders we endure.

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PuraVida
8/14/2019 17:57 EST

On Tuesday, authorities from the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce said, "the agreement reached yesterday between the government authorities and the representatives of the Social Security union to stop the eight-day strike is shameful and unacceptable".

According to the Chamber, the agreement contradicts the government's commitment to rescue the fiscal imbalance in Costa Rica "and apparently, it is the private sector that must continue making sacrifices."

The point of view of the Chamber is that the agreement allows medical Union members to continue receiving a series of privileges, including high salaries.

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