February 28, 2017


An international magazine has ranked Costa Rica’s healthcare second in the world. Living Magazine studied about the worries of retired Americans living abroad. Healthcare is their number one priority. Additionally, over 40,000 Americans visit Costa Rica just to get medical services, especially dental services. American doctors say that the healthcare in Costa Rica has high-quality standards and is available at low costs. In contrast, American healthcare is one of the most expensive in the world. The average cost of a hospital stay is up to USD 18,000. Medical tourists in Costa Rica can avail healthcare benefits of appointments, surgery, prescriptions and more by paying only a fraction of what it costs in the US. Japan, Germany, France, China, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia are the other members of that ranking. It’s really baffling to know that USD 750 billion a year in healthcare is being wasted in America. One of the advantages for foreigners in Costa Rica is that they can get covered by CCSS. The ‘Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social’ is managed by the government and is available for local citizens and legal residents alike. This includes foreigners with a pension visa.

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