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Public hospitals begin offering online appointments this week

The Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, on Tuesday launched a new digital service that allows patients to make appointments at 40 percent of the Caja’s public hospitals and community clinics, or EBAIS.

Public hospitals to offer online appointment scheduling in August

Good news for users of Costa Rica's public health care system: Starting in August, the Social Security System, or Caja, will have a new link on their website ( for patients to schedule appointments online.

Fewer sick days granted during 2014 World Cup after stricter regulations enforced

During the 2010 World Cup, Caja hospitals registered 87,359 people given sick leave. This year 58,580 people received sick leave -- a drop of 28,779 requests despite Costa Rica's success in the Brazil-hosted tournament.

No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules

Public hospitals in Costa Rica can refuse non-emergency care for self-employed workers who are behind in payments to the Social Security System, or Caja, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, ruled this week.

World Cup fever is not a disease, says Costa Rica’s Social Security System

The passion most Ticos have for football has officials at the Social Security System worried. Last week the Caja issued an order to all doctors at public hospitals to restrict permission for sick days throughout the month. Apparently employees' health tends to deteriorate during the World Cup.

Judicial Investigation Police raid hospital in Social Security System fraud probe

Judicial Investigation Police agents simultaneously raided the hospital, the main offices of the Social Security System, or Caja, and the offices of medical supply company Synthes.
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