Health in Costa Rica Statistics from the World Health Organization's "The World Health Report 1995" place Costa Rica in third place, in life expectancy in the world. Some reasons for this can be found in the Costa Rican laid back lifestyle, the healthy, fresh, non-preservative laden foods of the country, thetropical climate Costa Rica seems to be a healthy place to live.
In the United States, a study conducted in the 1980s, Costa Rica's medicalsystem, was first in Latin America and ranked near the United States and Canada. Among the 20 best in the world. Things are pretty much the same today.
Insurances There are in Costa Rica two types of insurances: Private and public. Private insurances: Private clinics and hospitals Public insurances: C.C.S.S and the I.N.S
Did you know this? Well-known private hospitals, like Clínica Bíblica, hospital CIMA and Clínica Católica have many CCSS doctors that practice in the afternoons and evenings, offerfirst-class, ultra modern services.
Republic´s Law The state has the responsibility to safeguard the health of its population, and its legal basis is the general health law of the republic of Costa Rica.
Government take care of health too With a government sponsored network, of 29 hospitals and more than250 clinics, around the country, with the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS) that has primary responsibility for providing low cost, health services, tothe Costa Rican population.
But what happen with the foreigners that needs insurance?
Foreigners living in Costa Rica, can join to the CCSS by paying a small amount of money, based on their income or they can buy health insurance, from the State monopoly Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), and this has over 200 affiliateddoctors, hospitals, labs and pharmacies, in the private sector.
Clearly then, not only does Costa Rica offer universal health care coverageto its citizens, but that same high quality care is available for people from all over the world.