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What are emergency services like in San Jose?

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"I'm about 2 miles from my assigned public hospital, Calderon Guardia, and roughly the same distance from two private hospitals, Catholica and Clinica Biblica. For an emergency I would go (and have gone) to the public hospital. It has everything 24/7, and there's no payment expected for admission to the ER. The private hospitals don't necessarily have the right specialists on site and sometimes want cash (in the thousands of dollars) up front to be admitted, even in an emergency. I knew someone who died from a heart attack, probably because she went to a private hospital first and didn't have $20,000 cash on her. At the public hospital, the quality of care is ultimately good on what counts--the docs save lives and patch people up--but it's a real zoo. Patients, maybe you, line the halls since ward space is limited, and yes wards are as good as it gets. Don't expect semi-private rooms, much less TVs, telephones, or internet access. It's like a MASH hospital, just larger, but if you need the ER, it will take care of you. You'll just be glad to get out as soon as you can, and vow to go private if it's not a real emergency," commented one expat who made the move to San José, Costa Rica.

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"Emergency services in San Jose are provided by the Cruz Roja Costarricense (Red Cross of Costa Rica). They provide medical assistance, firefighting, and rescue services. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 911 or the Cruz Roja's emergency number, 128. The Cruz Roja also has a mobile app that can be used to request an ambulance," remarked another expat in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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