Health & Medical
Costa Rica has some of the best health care in Latin America. In addition, the country’s public and private health systems are constantly being upgraded with new hospitals, new equipment, improvements in staff training and bilingual capabilities.
With a government-sponsored network of more than 30 hospitals and more than 250 clinics throughout the country, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) has the primary responsibility of providing low-cost health care services to the Costa Rican population. This system has worked well for Costa Ricans throughout the past 60 years. Foreigners living in Costa Rica – legal residents only – can join the CCSS and get free treatment (everything from checkups to prescription drugs to major surgeries) by paying a small monthly fee–based on income. Tourists and visitors can use Caja facilities only in emergencies but private hospitals and clinics are available 24/7 for any medical needs.
Non-Emergency Care, Naranjo
Around Naranjo, there are a handful of clinics that will welcome you for any emergency or non-emergency care. These include Clinica Grecia specializing in Cardiology, Dermatology, Dentistry, Cosmetics, Physiotherapy, Oncology and much more. San Francisco de Asis is a well equipped & professional public hospital funded by the CCSS is only 20 minutes from Oro Monte. It specializes in Pediatrics, Gynaecology, Traumatology, Psychology, Surgery, Laboratory and much more.
Three well-known private hospitals, Clinica Biblica (JCI Certified), Hospital CIMA (JCI Certified), and Hospital La Catolica, where many CCSS doctors practice in the afternoons and evenings, offer first-class, ultra-modern services. Affiliated with U.S. hospitals, these three private providers have costs somewhat higher than the public providers but still remain a high-quality level of training & professionalism.
Hospital la Catolica
Hospital La Catolica is a Costa Rican medical facility and health care center, where private, general, and integrated health services are provided, contributing to maintaining, reestablishing, and rehabilitating the health of our national and international patients, by providing them with highly qualified professionals and high technology in a courteous and trustworthy environment; under the principles of respect, commitment, comprehension, professionalism, expertise, solidarity, and honesty towards the community.
The 62-bed CIMA San José was the first Costa Rican hospital to be accredited by the Costa Rica Ministry of Health and is the only hospital in Central America accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. CIMA, San José is also the first hospital in Latin America to receive accreditation under JCI’s the new patient safety standards, scoring a 99.5% one of the highest scores in Latin America.
Located in the elegant San José suburb of Escazú, CIMA boasts more than 170 physicians representing over 60 specialties; a complete imaging department, including open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), x-ray, ultrasound, and endoscopy; a full-service laboratory; and a 24-hour pharmacy.
Clínica Bíblica boasts a $50-million infrastructure (including a new $35-million hospital building) for 200 physicians who specialize in cardiology, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and preventive medicine.
Doctors there also perform a large number of minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, such as bariatric surgery, arthroscopy, hernia repair, prostatectomy, gall bladder removal, hernia repair, and colonoscopy. Many of the physicians are bilingual and US- or European trained. More than 20 percent of Clínica Bíblica’s patients are international travelers.