Saturday, October 30, 2010

Costa Rica Hospitals

When it comes to thinking about relocating or retiring in Costa Rica the first thing that might come to mind is the health-care and hospitals. Most people already know that Costa Rica is known for giving universal health-care to its citizens and residents. What people might not know is that foreigners can recieve state-of-the-art quality treatment, on a very personalized level, in a number of different hsospitals in the San Jose area, at a much lower cost than in the US. Several US-based insurance companies have travel and ex-pat type of policies that are recognized by these hospitals. Another plus of these three facilities is that the majority of the physicians are bilingual, along with many of the hospitals' staff. Here are three excellent hospitals just to name a few:

Three Private Hospitals in Costa Rica

The first hospital that comes to mind is the CIMA Hospital. This has become the poster hospital for Costa Rica and is setting new standards not only in Costa Rica but in all of Central America. It is located in the Escazu, San Jose area and is affiliated with Baylor University. Foreigners make up over 25% of the patients at CIMA and the number is growing. The best part about this hospital is the location. Many people when relocating to a new country ask about the proximity of good hospitals. Now with the new highway you can live in a beautiful beach condo and only be 1 hour from the CIMA hospital. Actually if you live farther out in the country, all three of these hospitals do have emergency helicopter medivac services.

If you are thinking about a home in the city a second hospital for excellent care is the Clinica Biblica which is in downtown San Jose. The Clinica Biblica is right up there with CIMA as far as up-to-date equipment and the service. They have a program in their International Patient Department where each foreigner is assigned a personal Health Care Assistant (HCA) who works one-on-one to help with all medical services. This might include:
  • Doctor Contact & Consultant
  • Price Quotes
  • Paper work
  • VIP Concierge Service
  • Contact of Insurance companies
The third hospital that comes to mind is Hospital Hotel Catolica formerly known as Clinica Catolica. If you decide to live in the clean fresh mountain area of Heredia, this hospital has access from the area through Tibas or Uruca. This is a beautiful hospital that has recently been renovated. What this hospital has is excellent physicians on a very small scale. This gives the feel of a small hospital and a very personalized and private setting. The Hospital Catolica offers a Hotel that is attached to the Hospital where patients can stay after surgery and where people can stay if their family member is in the hospital. It's like Costa Rica's version of the Ronald McDonald Houses.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

5 Reasons to Invest in Costa Rica

Here are five reasons we feal that an investment in Costa Rica just might be one of the best choices in the America's. These reasons are taken from facts and issues that have all happened in the last 10 months up to present.

1. EPI ranking of Protecting Natural Environment

The Environmental Performing Index (EPI) done by Yale University rates 163 countries on 25 different categories with regards on how each country protects the planet. Costa Rica this year was ranked number 3 only behind Iceland and Switzerland. Costa Rica protects it's land up to 25% this would be equivalent to all of man-kind considering all of the America's protected land. Also (EPI) measures renewable energy which means lower energy bills and brighter future, literally. Costa Rica is hoping to be carbon free by it's 200th anniversary in 2021. With all this clean energy Costa Rica for every 10 light bulbs lit, 9 are considered lit with clean energy.

2. Prosperity Costa Rica ranks number 4 in all of The Americas

With Canada and the USA holding the first two positions it is just Uruguay and Chile that out edged Costa Rica in a regional analysis of the America's. The interesting part about how the prosperity is measured is that they quote on the site that "prosperity is not just about money it is about the quality of life". They base the rankings on seven different aspects of countries Economy, governance, education, health, personal freedom, safety & security, social capital, and Entrepreneurship & Opportunity (E&O).

3. Costa Ricans Voted Happiest People on Planet - NY Times

The World Database of Happines rated 148 countries and Costa Rica came out in the top spot. Do you think it is a coincidence that the country that abolished it's army became the happiest country on the planet. This also includes the longevity of life which Costa Rica apparently is happy about being old. The positive acceptance of the value of life is just a stat that is hard to ingnore.

4. Stable Democratic Government

This has been one of the most recognized attributes of Costa Rica. The 2008 World Bank Study for Global Governance Indicators ranks Costa Rica in First Place within Latin America for Political Stability. The government of Costa Rica is run by a President and two Vice Presidents. The most attractive part of the government is that it has been stable for over 50 years allowing for the people and investors to have confidence in dealing with the country.

5. Only Good things to Come...

Costa Rica's educational system is ranked 32nd in the world. This ranks them the highest in Latin America according to World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009. This can only be sign of good things to come as the people of Costa Rica not only have a high literacy rate but are becoming known by companies throughout the world as a place of opportunity and a culture of educated people.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Invest Costa Rica 2011

With an estimate of over 2 million tourists to visit Costa Rica in 2011, the buzz among them will be "I could live in Costa Rica...".
The fact is many former tourists to Costa Rica already do live here. Most came for the change of pace lifestyle or just because they fell inlove with the natural beauties, stable government, & lower cost of living. If you arrived in Costa Rica ten years ago to live you might of had to deal with a few "bumps in the road". The infrastucture of parts of Costa Rica was not keeping pace with the demand. But today you will notice (picture on the right) that less and less of the stories of old are being told and there are less "holes in the road" to deal with.

Costa Rica 2011

What you have in 2011 is a little different look of Costa Rica. The idea of moving to or investing in Costa Rica is not associated as much as it was with trying to come for a change in lifestyle to dirt cheap living or coming to live in the wild wild west of the tropics. Some are bummed by this change while others look at it as a chance to be involved at the start of a great step forward and some amazing opportunities.

The Costa Rican people are fielding a generation that is much better educated than years past and the Costa Rica people make up 95% of the employees of over 200 multinational companies here.

Stay tuned on our next post, we are going to give you the top five new reasons for thinking of Costa Rica as your next home or investment.

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