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Costa Rica’s public health care system facing financial strains
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Costa Rica’s public health care system facing financial strains

The Tico Times - April 24, 2020

Costa Rica’s Social Security System, which manages the country’s socialized health care, is facing significant financial strains. Mario Devandas, the director and workers' representative before the Social Security…

Second person this year contracts amebic meningitis after visiting Costa Rican hot springs
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Costa Rica
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Second person this year contracts amebic meningitis after visiting Costa Rican hot springs

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 15, 2020

A 4-year-old has been hospitalized after contracting amebic meningitis, a potentially deadly infection caused by the  Naegleria fowleri amoeba, in the second such case reported in Costa Rica this year.…

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

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 28, 2020

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. The Health Ministry…

Ecuador reports first suspected case of coronavirus
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Ecuador
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Ecuador reports first suspected case of coronavirus

AFP and The Tico Times - January 27, 2020

Ecuador reported Sunday a first "suspected case" of coronavirus in a Chinese citizen who arrived to the country from Hong Kong. "The Ministry of Public Health informs…

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

Alejandro Zúñiga - 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…

Costa Rica turns to telemedicine for patients in rural areas
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica turns to telemedicine for patients in rural areas

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 19, 2019

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

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

Costa Rica shares vision, guiding principles for universal healthcare
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica shares vision, guiding principles for universal healthcare

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 22, 2019

Costa Rica shared its vision and guiding principles for universal healthcare at the 72nd World Health Assembly, held this week in Geneva, Switzerland. Elayne Whyte, Costa Rica's…

U.S. doctors cancel medical mission in Nicaragua after mass firing in León Hospital
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La Prensa
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U.S. doctors cancel medical mission in Nicaragua after mass firing in León Hospital

La Prensa / Eddy López Hernández - August 22, 2018

Doctors from North Carolina that were going to perform heart and lung surgeries for the "Proyecto de Salud para León" medical mission canceled their visit after the…

Snakes in Costa Rica: A hidden enemy – the terciopelo
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Environment and Wildlife
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Snakes in Costa Rica: A hidden enemy – the terciopelo

Kevin Kichinka - July 20, 2018

J began to black out from the pain and loss of blood about an hour after the terciopelo bit him on his right foot. He was a…