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Costa Rica – Private Vs Public Clinics

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Vacations

I was in the middle of a trip in Cahuita , Costa Rica, with my family and all of a sudden my son became sick.

While we were on the way towards Cahuita he started coughing but I thought that he’d be fine. But it turned out to be serious, he was burning up and waking up in the middle of the night crying from a sore throat.

I had lived about six years in Costa Rica and had heard about the horrors that happen in public clinics. So, I had never gone that route before, I would always go to private doctors and private hospitals, which, by the way, are fantastic.

So, I had never gone that route before, I would always go to private doctors and private hospitals, which, by the way, are fantastic. So, after running around looking for a private solution, I had to accept the fact that they were all closed and resigned to take my son to the public clinic.

They requested for my paper works and since I’m not a resident and I do not have any formal documentation, they treated me as a tourist. Luckily that helped us to see the next available doctor. Our experience there was awesome. The doctor was very good with kids, was fluent in English and extremely professional I don’t think I need to say that I was very impressed!

Then he gave us a prescription to take to the clinic’s pharmacy. The best part was when we asked how much we needed to pay and he replied, “The pleasure is all ours.” Great medical service and medication for free? I was amazed at this and compared that with the situation in United States, you can easily understand our surprise and absolute gratefulness for their generosity.

After this lovely experience, how I felt about the public hospitals has changed and filled my heart with great appreciation.

What I’m trying to say is if you do get sick in Costa Rica, know that you are in good hands!

Marina K. Villatoro, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She has traveled all over these areas with her family and now she loves to organize vacations to Costa Rica and Guatemala. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!

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