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When I was working in Seattle I had excellent dental insurance, well worth the cost. AND I got a free toothbrush! So yes, there is such a thing as good dental insurance.

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I live in the Northwest of CR about 4 hours from San Jose. I have COPD (a respiratory disease) and go to a Dr in Liberia at the Clinica 25 de Julio. He is youngish but very capable and is willing to work with me and listen carefully to what I say. (It is important with this condition to have a "partnership" with your Dr.) I can get regular tests at the laboratory associated with the clinic. His visits cost c15,000. He referred me to a cardiologist at the same clinic who did an exam, EKG and echocardiogram for c70,000. (I put these charges in colones because the exchange rate changes. Today, it is about 560.) I also have joined the Caja and can use the local clinic for blood pressure checks or even some emergency treatment - shots, etc. I pay for my own meds because the Caja just gives you what they have and I have been trying different medications (with my Dr) to see which ones really work best for me. Some things I use are a lot cheaper here and some are not. I figure to use the Caja if I need to be hospitalized - there are no private hospitals available in this area. Hope this helps.

 

Eleanor

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CR health care is one of the many things that make living here so sweet. As for the lack of lawyers in health care, it keeps the price down and I'm all for it.

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I live in costa rica and would like some info on obtaining heath ins. anyone with info please contact me.

KUDRA,

 

I would encourage you to contact ARCR. Here is the URL for their site:

 

http://www.arcr.net

 

Go to the 'contact us' tab and phone them for info on INS and CAJA insurance.

 

They will have info about how to apply for those types of insurance and the benefits and types of policies that are offered.

 

HTH

 

Paul M.

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