Private Medical Care in Costa Rica

Medical care services are one of the top concerns when it comes to moving to a different country; if you are relocating to Costa Rica and you are worried about the quality and availability of medical services, you shouldn’t be. Costa Rica has top level medical facilities, to the point where it is one of the preferred destinations for medical tourism around the world.

The public health care system actually has good hospitals, technology and great professionals, it is the best option for long term hospitalization, complex surgeries, etc. however, if what you need is fast service and personalized attention private medical care is the way to go.

There are several private hospitals and clinics in the country where you can find doctors in pretty much all specialties, state-of-the-art technology and first-class service. Compared to the United States prices are very good, but a long hospitalization can end up being quite pricey. There are some international medical plans and insurance plans that are accepted here by private medical centers, if you are going to be living in the country long term it is important that you look into it.

Cima San José Hospital: 

Located in Escazú, the Cima Hospital offers lab services, x-rays, CAT scans, MRI, ultrasounds, mammograms, all the latest technology for diagnosis. Emergency services, adult and newborn ICU, psychiatry services, pharmacy, among many others. The hospital also offers different plans such as Baby Cima for expecting mothers.


Clínica Bíblica: 

The Clínica Bíblica is in downtown San José, and just as Cima it offers a complete array of medical services, medical emergencies, general surgery, outpatient surgery, medical specialties, maternity service, lab, pharmacy and diagnosis center.   Another location is under construction in Santa Ana and should open doors in 2018.


Metropolitan Hospital: 

It is located in downtown San José but also has presence in Tibás and Quepos; the Metropolitan Hospital has been growing steadily offering excellent service at a very reasonable price. It holds the quality accreditation of the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care). Services include hospitalization, emergency services, lab, pharmacy, maternity, diagnosis center, among others.   Another good option you may want to look into is a discount plan called MediSmart, users pay a monthly fee and they can then apply for significant discounts in doctors’ appointments, medical exams, etc. Registration to this plan is simple, fast and very affordable.


Hospital La Católica: 

This hospital opened doors in 1963, an initiative by a group of Franciscan Sisters and physicians; the hospital is known for its excellent patient care and it recently modernized its facilities and inaugurated new operating rooms and offices. Their services include emergencies, intermediate and intensive care units, maternity, lab, hyperbaric chamber, pharmacy, physical therapy, nutrition, medical imaging, to mention just a few. The hospital now has introduced a “hotel” concept where the inpatient stay can be transformed into an agreeable experience.


Lindora Medical Center: 

This hospital opened doors recently in Lindora, Santa Ana and it is slowly introducing more and more services; for the time being they offer emergency service (limited schedule), pharmacy, lab, ultrasound, RX, CAT scan, mammogram, and several medical specialties.


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