San Jose - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

No particular health concerns, but some risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Great medical care, with US educated doctors. - Sep 2020

Medical care is great. Other than volcanic ash issues, not much. - Jul 2018

Zika is a concern. Medical care is excellent and affordable. Lots of plastic surgery options available at good prices. - Dec 2016

The CDC has noted that Zika has reached Costa Rica, though the Costa Ricans are denying it, fearing the impact on tourism, I suppose. Medical care is fine, though if you needed an ambulance it could take a long time to get to a hospital, due to traffic. - Feb 2016

The biggest health concern is road safety. There is the occasional poisonous snake, Dengue case, or inexplicably swollen bug bite. Health care is excellent, especially at the private Cima hospital. - Apr 2014

Dengue fever in the coastal areas. Medical is on par with U.S. standards, and almost all doctors are U.S. trained. Additionally, this is a huge medical tourism country. There is excellent dental care at about half the cost in the U.S. - Jun 2013

Doctors are good in Costa Rica. We go to Sima hospital and so far, the experiences with doctors have been positive. Many speak English. - Feb 2010

Great health care facilities at a fraction of the cost of the US. - Jan 2010

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