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We asked expats in Costa Rica if they have access to public healthcare in Costa Rica. And, if they do have access, what is it like. They wrote...

"Yes, as a foreigner living in Costa Rica, you will have access to public healthcare. The public healthcare system in Costa Rica is known for its high quality of care and is considered to be one of the best in Latin America. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is available to all citizens and legal residents of Costa Rica. The public healthcare system provides a wide range of services, including primary care, specialty care, hospital care, and preventive care. The public healthcare system also offers free or low-cost medications and treatments," wrote a member who made the move to Costa Rica.

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"You will not be covered by the socialized health system until you have gained Temporary Residency which is presently taking over a year. Then, you will have to pay at least $220 per month for healthcare, even if you don't use it. Most expats chose to purchase additional insurance," explained one expat living in Costa Rica.

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