Medical tourism health care in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s unique geographic location with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, exotic beaches, mountains and rain forests, makes it popular with all tourists.

As in most countries, Costa Rica’s health care system is divided into a public and private sector. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is responsible for providing health care for the local population via the public government sponsored network of more than 30 hospitals and 250 clinics throughout the country.

‘Clinica’ generally refers to private medical institutions while ‘Hospital’ refers to both private and public facilities.

The private sector offers quicker services and privacy than that of the public sector. Top medical facilities have been JCI-accredited.

Many of Costa Rica’s medical professionals have been trained in Europe, Canada or the US. Because of this, many speak good colloquial English making Costa Rica a tempting destination for medical tourists.

Medical treatments are less expensive than in the US with little to no waiting period.