Thursday, October 17, 2013

Obamacare and Costa Rica

Many US citizens are concerned about the high costs and consequences of the health insurance they must purchase under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). For everyone paying expensive health insurance premiums worldwide the recent debate about Obamacare has brought the high costs of their medical care and insurance into sharp focus.

For those US citizens resident outside the USA the good news is that they are not required to purchase a mandated health plan in the USA as they are assumed to have “minimum essential coverage”. You can read more about that here:
The better news for those US Citizens and other Nationalities resident in Costa Rica is that they have access to an excellent health care system for a fraction of the cost of similar care elsewhere.
Hospitals are of a very high standard as is medical care. So much so that medical tourism is booming in Costa Rica.
If you live in Costa Rica you can buy private medical insurance through Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS). This costs from just US$550 to US$1300 per person per year depending on your age.
If you become a Costa Rica resident you must purchase Costa Rica Government medical insurance CCSS (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social commonly known as CAJA). This is social medical care and costs between just $40 and $60 per month for family coverage.
Excellent health care in paradise for a fraction of what you currently pay - just another reason to consider Costa Rica.
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Blue Skies and Pura Vida

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