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‘A long-awaited moment’: Three Costa Rican couples expecting babies thanks to IVF
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‘A long-awaited moment’: Three Costa Rican couples expecting babies thanks to IVF

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 11, 2019

Public access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Costa Rica has been a fight decades in the making. For years, couples with infertility issues faced either a total…

Comptroller General green lights new Puntarenas hospital
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Costa Rica
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Comptroller General green lights new Puntarenas hospital

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 30, 2019

The Comptroller General of Costa Rica has approved an $83 million contract to construct a new hospital in Puntarenas. The Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS), or…

Health strike ends in Costa Rica as unions, Caja reach agreement
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Costa Rica
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Health strike ends in Costa Rica as unions, Caja reach agreement

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 12, 2019

Government representatives and health unions reached an agreement Monday afternoon to end strikes that crippled the country's public-health system for more than a week. According to a…

Nearly 43,000 appointments postponed as health strikes continue
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Nearly 43,000 appointments postponed as health strikes continue

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 8, 2019

More than 42,900 medical appointments have been canceled or postponed this week as thousands of public-hospital workers continue to strike in Costa Rica. Health unions say they're…

Strikes cause partial shutdowns of public hospitals
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Costa Rica
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Strikes cause partial shutdowns of public hospitals

AFP and The Tico Times - August 5, 2019

Most public hospitals in Costa Rica partially suspended work Monday due to a 48-hour strike against a tax reform approved last year, which workers say seeks to…

Costa Rica investing $42 million for health facilities in Guanacaste
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica investing $42 million for health facilities in Guanacaste

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 22, 2019

Costa Rica's Social Security System (Caja), which manages the country's socialized health care system, announced Monday a $42 million plan for infrastructure improvements in Guanacaste province. The…

Costa Rican Caja reports significant delays for surgeries due to strike
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rican Caja reports significant delays for surgeries due to strike

Monserrat Cordero Parra / Semanario Universidad - July 5, 2019

Costa Rica’s Social Security System (CCSS) reported on Thursday that 42.3% of the surgeries scheduled for that day were canceled due to workers’ protests against the economic…

Costa Rica’s blood bank needs donors
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Costa Rica’s blood bank needs donors

The Tico Times - June 4, 2019

The Costa Rican Social Security System (Caja) warned that the country's National Blood Bank reserves are depleted and is asking for donations. The Blood Bank this week…

Costa Rica begins nationwide HPV vaccination campaign
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Costa Rica begins nationwide HPV vaccination campaign

Alejandro Zúñiga - June 4, 2019

The Costa Rican Social Security System (Caja) began this week a nationwide campaign to vaccinate girls against the human papilloma virus, or HPV. With President Carlos Alvarado…

Caja eliminates health care card requirement starting September 1st
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Caja
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Caja eliminates health care card requirement starting September 1st

The Tico Times - August 5, 2017

The Caja (CCSS) announces that starting September 1st, it will not be necessary to show the health care card to receive medical attention at any of the…