Retirees who seek low-cost medical care will find Costa Rica’s public health care system (la caja) a blessing

According to experts from the World Bank no other country in the world has a healthcare system that encompasses what Costa Rica’s does. There are countries with more complex health care systems, like the Scandinavian countries, but none has the features of Costa Rica’s Caja del Seguro Social.

Our system has three main features which set it apart. The first is universal coverage that covers non-members as well as foreigners. The second is that the caja treats all kinds of people for any illness no matter how complex the condition is. The third distinguishing feature is that the caja doesn’t require a co-pay or deductible as in may countries. Anyone can receive the caja’s services whether they can pay or not making it a truly democratic institution.

The caja does have its problems. A lack of money translates into long lines and waiting lists for some procedures. Many individuals, private companies and even the Costa Rican government owe a lot money to the caja. They need to pay because the challenge now is to keep this far-reaching universal healthcare system solvent and functional for future generations of Costa Ricans and foreigners who depend on its services.

If you enjoy my blog, please share it with your friends. I hope to see you on one of my tours!
To learn more about living in Costa Rica sign up for one of Christopher Howard's award-winning Relocation/Retirement tours. For all of the details see: www.liveincostarica.com
Live in Costa Rica Tours

2 thoughts on “Retirees who seek low-cost medical care will find Costa Rica’s public health care system (la caja) a blessing”

  1. Pingback: Retirees who seek low-cost medical care will find Costa Rica’s public health care system (la caja) a blessingCosta Rica Property Finder | Costa Rica Property Finder
  2. Wow, this is amazing, even for me who lives in Norway/Scandinavia. Many people here among the poor, do not go as often as they should to doctors or hospitals, as the system require a co-pay. Hurrah for Costa Rica!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *