How the Medical system works in Costa Rica
Health care services in Costa Rica are considered among the best in Latin America. Hospitals and polyclinics generally provide efficient medical care. Basic medical facilities are available throughout the country, although treatment in rural areas may be limited. Medical tourism is highly promoted in Costa Rica. However, critical health problems may require evacuation to the nearby country with required facilities.
Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for medical services. Only private hospitals and clinics accept credit cards.
Visiting a doctor in Costa Rica
Outpatient care services are provided by the public hospitals, private hospitals, and clinics. Doctors in Costa Rica make house calls. Travelers can also contact the hotel desk for help regarding the availability of doctors. Most hotels have a doctor on call all 24 hours of the day.
Being admitted to hospital in Costa Rica
Health care is provided by hospitals and polyclinics in Costa Rica. Private hospitals with state-of-the-art medical equipment can be found in most cities, but treatment costs may be expensive. Both public and private hospitals provide 24-hour medical facilities. Small clinics known as EBAIS provide routine and non-emergency medical care throughout the country. Emergency departments in hospitals give priority to major emergencies, so wait times may be long for minor cases. Doctors are well-trained and highly qualified, and often speak English.
Dial 911 for emergency ambulance services. Both private clinics and public hospitals provide ambulance services. Services provided by ambulances called as ‘unidad avanzada’ are more efficient. Air ambulances are also available.