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  1. I know I live in a third world country and all that. Most things in CR don't bother me. If I need to go to CAJA I take a book or just watch the people. The prices on just about everything is high, but it was my choice to live here so that is part of the cost---not that big of a deal. Medicine however is another story. I don't fault the CAJA for not carrying all the brands of drugs that are available in the states or other countries. In fact we buy some of our meds on the local market, while not cheap we are able to get them. The problem comes when there is no place in CR to buy the medicines you need. There is nothing lost by any CR business or government agency by allowing Ticos or Expats to buy drugs over the internet. If a CR doctor writes a prescription for a drug that is not available here, why does the government place a heavy tax and burden for getting it someplace else? It is not a TV or computer or something else a person can do without. In a news letter from Fran and Andy one of the reasons they are leaving CR is Fran has an eye disease that requires a drug that is not available. My wife was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease a few weeks ago and I'm afraid we will be faced with the same decision as Fran and Andy. As of right now the drug that CAJA has worked fine, it has been around since 1935 however. The newer drugs that she will be needing one day are not here. I guess what is--is. Government here is not much different than in the states---if they do something that helps the people it is by accident. Ed
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