Newest Hospital Opens in Costa Rica to the Joy of Expats in the Southern Pacific

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The ultra-modern 85,000 square foot Hospital De Osa located in the town of Cortez, in Puntarenas, Costa Rica is now open. The hospital is the newest in Costa Rica and features multiple treatment facilities including a state of the art emergency room, a pediatrics wing, a neurology center and an obstetrics and gynecology center. The hospital will also provide family and internal medicine as well as a clinic for routine and preventative medicine. The location was chosen due to the large influx of Americans, Canadians and Europeans moving into the area and to replace the aging facility in Cortez believed to have been built by the United Fruit Company.

The ultra-modern 85,000 square foot Hospital De Osa located in the town of Cortez, in Puntarenas, Costa Rica is now open. The hospital is the newest in Costa Rica and features multiple treatment facilities including a state of the art emergency room, a pediatrics wing, a neurology center and an obstetrics and gynecology center. The hospital will also provide family and internal medicine as well as a clinic for routine and preventative medicine. The location was chosen due to the large influx of Americans, Canadians and Europeans moving into the area and to replace the aging facility in Cortez believed to have been built by the United Fruit Company.

Healthcare in Costa Rica
Costa Rica nationalized its health care system shortly after abolishing their military in the 1940's. The World Health Organization (WHO) cites that healthcare costs in Costa Rica are only a 10th of the cost of comparable care in the US though Costa Rican life expectancy is longer than that of the US. Costa Rica is home to over 30 hospitals and more than 250 government sponsored clinics throughout the country. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is the agency responsible for providing health services in Costa Rica. Although CCSS covers Costa Rican nationals, it also provides affordable medical service to any foreign resident or visitor. Residents, both national and foreign, can also buy health insurance from the state monopoly Instituto de Seguro Nacional (INS). Expats may also join the CCSS by paying a small monthly fee based on income. Costa Rica' private network has over 200 affiliated doctors, hospitals, labs, and pharmacies. Since most Costa Ricans as well as residents have access to free or extremely affordable healthcare, the country rates higher in delivering quality health services to their population than does the US.    

Slower pace of life for Expats
Recently an ambulance was seen racing toward the new Hospital De Osa only to stop at the nearby Expat community of Ojochal. Fearing the worst, only to discover that the ambulance was headed to Joel Yoder's Mennonite baked goods stand. The ambulance stopped to sample some Shoe Fly pie, coconut macaroons and other great baked goods produced by the local Mennonite Community nearby. Ojochal is best noted as home to some of the best restaurants in Costa Rica as well as the best value for ocean view real estate. Dominical, located about 15 miles north, is noted for great surfing. The area where "the mountains meet the sea" is home to a large community of expats. Now with the new hospital as well as the 3rd international airport in Costa Rica under construction nearby, the Southern Pacific area is booming and real estate prices are on the rise.    

About Pacific Lots of Costa Rica
Pacific Lots of Costa Rica represents the largest developer in the area, with 19 years experience and over 400 employers devoted to building a residential community of single family custom homes. They offer custom construction services at only $85 per foot, fully serviced home sites and full rental and property management without the typical time limits on building, home owner association fees and other restrictions. They believe if you own the land, you should be able to do what you want with it. Judging by the shear size of their community and the number of custom homes they have built, their customers seem to like what they are doing. The company specializes in ocean and mountain view lots and homesites in Costa Rica along the Southern Pacific Coast. They have completed 14 developmenta and currently have 77 custom homes in the planning or construction phase and nearly a thousand customers to date.

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Steve Linder
Pacific Lots of Costa Rica
http://www.pacificlots.com/

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