Medicare in Costa Rica

Here in Costa Rica, we received an early Christmas present this year when the news came out that Medicare has begun providing their services to Americans in Costa Rica. There are many details to work out, but they have started covering people from Southern California and expect to cover everyone from the States within 3-4 months for urgent procedures in Costa Rica.

This is great news for everyone who has fallen in love with this country because even if you are below 65, the system will be in place when you need it.

I’d like to point out that as far as I know this is the first country that US Medicare will be available in – not even Canada. I believe this shows that they understand how many Americans want to be here (and there has been a US Social Security office here for at least 15 years).

This also reflects that the quality of health care offered here in CR meets the standards of US Medicare.


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