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Health Care in Quepos

Learn about the health system in Quepos: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Quepos.

Quepos is home to a variety of healthcare options for both locals and expats. The public healthcare system is widely used by locals and is available to foreigners, while private hospitals and clinics are also available for those who prefer a more personalized experience.

Costa Rica’s Healthcare System

Costa Rica’s public healthcare system is known as the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). It is available to all Costa Rican citizens and legal residents, including foreigners. While the public healthcare system is generally considered to be of good quality, it is not recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgery. Public hospitals in Quepos are often crowded and understaffed, and the wait times can be long. However, foreigners are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Costa Rica, and many expats do so.

For those who prefer a more personalized experience, there are several private hospitals and clinics in Quepos. Clinica Quepos is a private clinic located in the center of town, and it offers a wide range of services, including general medicine, dentistry, and laboratory services. Hospital Quepos is a private hospital located just outside of town, and it specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. There are also several private clinics located in nearby towns, such as Hospital San Rafael in San Isidro and Hospital San Lucas in San Lucas.

Emergency Services in Quepos

Quepos does not have its own ambulance service, but there are several private ambulance services in the area. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 911 or contact the local police station. Ambulance services in Quepos are generally reliable, but there can be delays depending on the time of day and the severity of the emergency.

Health Insurance Companies in Quepos

The most popular private health insurers in Quepos are Blue Cross Blue Shield, Seguros Monterrey, and Mapfre. These companies offer a variety of plans, including basic health insurance, dental insurance, and travel insurance. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, although some may opt for specialized expat health insurance providers.

Insider Tips from Expats in Quepos: Health Care

“I’ve been living in Quepos for a while now, and I can tell you that it’s definitely possible to live comfortably on $5,000 a month, especially if you’re used to modern amenities. In fact, you might not have to make too many sacrifices at all. Quepos is a small town, but it has a good mix of local and expat residents, so you’ll find a variety of housing options and amenities to suit your needs.When it comes to finding a place to live, there are a few neighborhoods that I would recommend. One of the more affordable areas is El Cerro, which is located on a hill overlooking the town. You can find some nice houses and apartments there, with rents ranging from $500 to $1,000 a month. Another option is Pueblo Nuevo, which is a bit closer to the town center and has a mix of local and expat residents. Rents there are also quite reasonable, usually between $600 and $1,200 a month.If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, you might want to consider the neighborhoods of Manuel Antonio or Los Altos. These areas are more expensive, with rents starting at around $1,500 a month, but they offer more luxurious accommodations and are closer to the beach and the national park. However, if you’re trying to stick to a $5,000 a month budget, you might want to avoid these neighborhoods, as they can be quite pricey.As for other expenses, you’ll find that groceries, utilities, and transportation are all quite affordable in Quepos. You can expect to spend around $300 to $400 a month on groceries, depending on your preferences, and utilities usually run around $100 to $150 a month. Public transportation is also cheap, with bus fares costing less than a dollar, and taxis are readily available for a reasonable price.In terms of sacrifices, you might find that some of the more luxurious amenities you’re used to, like high-end restaurants and shopping, are not as readily available in Quepos. However, there are still plenty of great local restaurants and shops to explore, and you can always take a trip to the nearby city of San José if you’re craving a taste of city life.Overall, I think you’ll find that living in Quepos on a $5,000 a month budget is not only doable but also quite comfortable. You’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, friendly community, and laid-back lifestyle that Costa Rica has to offer, without breaking the bank,” commented an expat living in Quepos.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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