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Excellent State and Private Facilities Available

The following short list of private hospitals and clinics is not paid advertising but simply suggestions of where to look for when you seek health services. You'll find many others in the telephone Yellow Pages. All have bilingual specialists.

Asociación Centro de Rehabilitación para El Adicto (in Tirrases). Rehabilitation centre for drug addicts and alcoholics)
Hospital Clínica Católica (in Guadalupe), 283-2378
Hospital Cima San José (in Escazú-Guachipelín) 208-1000
Hospital Clínica Bíblica, Calle, Avenida 14, 257-5252
Clínica Santa Rita, Calles 15-17,Avenida 8,221-6433
Clínica Santa Catalina (in Desamparados), 250-5059
Clínica Santa Lucia (Paseo Colon Calle 24,257-0727 (eye diagnosis, treatment, surgery)
Hospital Cristiano Jerusalén (in Guadalupe) 250-5059
Clínica Control del Dolor San Bartolomé (in San Pedro) Pain control. 234-7520

Many communities have their own nursing homes which are either self-sustained with donations or maintained by the municipalities themselves. But most of them are saturated and have no room to accept more seniors. They are always having financial problems. Although there are a few private residences in some of the larger cities to take care of the aged, this service has not been too well developed. It appears to be a fertile area in which to invest not so much to make lots of money but to offer a useful service. The country is not filling this need too well either in day or permanent care for aged upper class Costa Ricans and foreign expatriates. As the population ages, more residences for seniors will be needed.

For Emergency Calls

Hospitals in San José (state owned)
San Juan de Dios 257-6282
Mexico 232-6122
Dr. Calderón Guardia 257-7922
Blanco Cervantes 257-8122
De Niños (Children's) 222-0122
De la Mujer (Women's) 257-9111
Centro de Intoxicaciones (intoxications) 223-1028
Unidad de Quemados (Burnt Persons) 257-0180


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