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5 - Costa Rica in Brief
6 - Map of Costa Rica
8 - Symbols of Costa Rica
9 - Introduction
12 - Getting a Bird's Eye View
14 - Why Choose Costa Rica?
18 - Costa Rica Has Many Firsts to its Name
22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

Good Health Care at Low Cost

One of the uppermost thoughts in a retiree's mind is that related with health-care. The retiree will generally not want to be too far away from a hospital, clinic or other health facility. Or at least be close enough so that with the communications and transportation means existing he can reach any of these places quickly in case of an emergency.

The Costa Rican Social Security System is an autonomous state institution which offers universal health services - free or paid as the case may be - throughout the country. To your surprise, you'll find that the smallest town or rural community has a clinic of the Seguro Social. And you can avail yourself of its services. The system is supported by payroll deductions and almost 95% of the country's population is covered.

Many of the doctors, especially specialists, are bilingual and have had specialized training in the best medical schools and hospitals in the United States. Fortunately the cost of medical care is a fraction of the cost of what it is in the United States. Perhaps that's why health Tourism has grown so rapidly in recent years. Hundreds of men and women come from abroad annually to Costa Rica for a face lifts, hair transplants, liposuctions, wrinkle elimination or receive low-cost top quality dental care.

Others have come for a bypass, angioplasty or several types of coronary surgery. I myself have had two angioplasties in past years and their cost was a fraction of what they would have cost in the States. Hospital stays are also much less costly in Costa Rica. Thus, a retire e can find excellent quality medical care at a reasonable cost for practically any of his health problems.

According to one expatriate retiree: "Health care in Costa Rica seems much more rational and reasonable compared to the United States. Pharmacies and pharmacists are allowed to prescribe remedies for low-grade problems without consulting a doctor. The result seems to be faster, less expensive solutions to the majority of ailments experienced by most people. So far, the system is a delight".

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