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Hospital México to double its surgical capacity with addition of new tower

January 14, 2020

Hospital México, among the most important public health resources in Costa Rica, will double its surgical capacity by next year, according to Casa Presidencial.

The hospital, located in the San José area and run by Costa Rica’s Social Security System (Caja), will see the addition of a new tower with a capacity for 19 surgical operating rooms, 35 recovery beds and seven delivery rooms, among others.

The $45 million project, projected to be completed in the first half of 2021, will allow Hospital México to handle about 60 surgeries each day, up from 30 currently.

“We hope that this tower will be accepted in the best way by our users in favor of care with greater quality and warmth,” said Dr. Juan Antonio Ugalde, the hospital’s director.

According to government data, the average waiting time for a surgery at one of Costa Rica’s public hospital is nearly a year.

Hospital México was inaugurated in March 1969. Its name recognizes the country that provided financial support, supervision and medical training to Costa Rica during its construction.

Costa Rica’s Social Security System manages the country’s socialized health care system. It was founded in 1941.

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