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15-year-old dies of amebic meningitis after visiting Costa Rican hot springs

A 15-year-old has died in Costa Rica of amebic meningitis after contracting the rare infection at a hot spring, the Health Ministry said Monday. 

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

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

Costa Rica turns to telemedicine for patients in rural areas

Trauma patients in Costa Rica can now receive care from the country's specialized doctors in San José — even if they're hours away. 

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

Nine women were transferred fertilized eggs, and three are now in their 10th week of gestation.  

Strikes cause partial shutdowns of public hospitals

The tax reform, which includes tax increases, was approved in December to counteract a fiscal deficit that last year reached 6% of GDP.

Costa Rican Caja reports significant delays for surgeries due to strike

According to a CCSS report, a total of 52 of the 123 surgeries scheduled for Thursday were suspended.

Costa Rica shares vision, guiding principles for universal healthcare

Costa Rica's message is that "the health of the population is a responsibility of the State." 

Ballet performance raises funds for low-income patients and families

The performances will benefit the Fundación Casa Beatriz, which provides housing and support to low-income families who must travel long distances to San José to receive medical treatment.

Costa Rican companies visit U.S. to promote medical tourism services

Local companies' headed to New Orleans seeking to make new contacts with potential business partners and to attract medical tourists to Costa Rica.

Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaign

Health officials reported that 93 percent of the people who died from influenza last year were not vaccinated, despite the fact that because all were members of high-risk groups, they were eligible to receive the vaccination for free.

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