Costa Rica has some of the best healthcare in Latin America. With two systems to choose from (the government-run universal healthcare system, or the private system), there are countless options for low-cost, high-quality healthcare. There are also a large number of insurance carriers that specialize in expatriate health policies, including BlueCross BlueShield, should you choose to switch to a foreign insurance provider.
Government Healthcare in Costa Rica
Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, known as CAJA, is the government-run universal healthcare system. It is constantly being upgraded, with ongoing funding contributing to new hospitals, new equipment and improvements in staff training. Healthcare costs are typically 1/3 to 1/5 of what you’d pay in the United States, and drugs are much more affordable than many countries worldwide. You must be a resident to use CAJA.
Private Healthcare in Costa Rica
Private healthcare is often the preferred option for foreigners, simply because it gives them fast access to doctors that speak English as well as some of the most sought after specialists in the country. There are a variety of private hospitals in Costa Rica, but the largest are CIMA hospital in Escazú, Clínica Bíblica in San José, and Hospital La Católica in San José-Guadalupe.
Did you know that Costa Rica is ranked as one of the top countries in the world for both life expectancy and happiness? It’s likely that you’ll never need to step foot in a hospital – but if you do, we’ve got you covered.