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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in San Jose?

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When we asked expats in San Jose if healthcare and health insurance are expensive in San Jose, they wrote...

"Healthcare and health insurance in San Jose can be expensive, depending on the type of coverage and services needed. Private health insurance plans are available, but they can be costly and may not cover all medical expenses. Public health insurance is also available, but it may not cover all medical expenses either. In general, healthcare costs in San Jose, Costa Rica are higher than in other parts of the country, so it is important to research and compare different plans before making a decision," explained one expat living in San Jose, Costa Rica.

"I was paying around $100 a month for my INS policy, but crossed into the next age bracket plus filed a few claims and my premium doubled. It was still a good deal, but too much for me. The Caja tax is around $100 a month for a pensionado, unfortunately much higher for rentistas. It's set by your income, and most expats just pay according to the income requirements of their residency type. Caja services, including generic prescription meds, are 100% covered, so you never pay more than your monthly tax. Private docs are realistically $80 a visit. You hear of lower prices, but if you go to a specialist (including an internist) plan on $80. As a rule of thumb, pretty much everything else is around 1/3 the price it is in the US," said another in San José, Costa Rica.

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