Costa Rica

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Healthcare system

Medical care in Costa Rica is of a high standard, but only in a limited number of cities. There are a few excellent modern hospitals in major cities and some good private clinics too, but the general ...

Health insurance

There is universal healthcare. Through Costa Rican Social Security (CCSS) all Costa Rican nationals can receive free medical treatment at a large number of hospitals and clinics. With CCSS, only desig ...

Facts and figures

Capital : San Jose
Population : 4.8 million
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Healthcare system

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Facts and figures

General InformationSource

Capital : San Jose
Population : 4.8 million
Main languages spoken : Spanish (official), English
Main religion : Christianity
International dialling code : +506
Internet domain : .cr
Gross National income (GNI) per capita : 13570 US $
WHO 2015

Tourism data

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World Bank 2015
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World Bank 2015

Population profile

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OECD / WHO 2015
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UN 2015
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UN 2015

Healthcare workforce

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WHO 2013
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OECD 2016
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OECD
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OECD 2016
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WHO 2013
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Healthcare expenditure

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WHO 2012
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WHO 2015
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WHO 2015
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WHO 2015
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WHO 2015

Healthcare provision

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WHO 2010
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OECD 2016
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Healthcare activity

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Health profile

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OECD 2016
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OECD 2016
Ischemic heart disease: Male mortality rate (per 100,000) : Login to view
OECD 2016
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OECD 2016
Deaths due to HIV/AIDS (per 100 000 population) : Login to view
OECD 2016
Prevalence of Obesity (BMI >30) : Login to view
WHO 2008

Cosmetic surgery

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ISAPS 2013
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ISAPS 2013
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ISAPS 2013
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Obesity surgery

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Metabolic / Bariatric Surgery Worldwide 2011
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Metabolic / Bariatric Surgery Worldwide 2011

Medical tourism

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