All legal residents and citizens of Costa Rica have to participate in the public healthcare system. Once your Costa Rican residency is approved, you must register with Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), the country’s Social Security and Public Health Care System. It’s commonly known as Caja. You have to be a member of the CAJA and pay a percentage based on the income level you declared when you applied for residency. This CCSS Registration is required to receive your residency card (DIMEX).
The benefits of CAJA:
- Pension and disability program with death benefit (IVM);
- Free health care services, including emergencies, regular check-ups, referrals to specialists, urgent care, elective surgeries, medications, vaccinations, mental health services, nutrition, basic dental (SEM);
- Covers pre-existing conditions.
Costa Rica provides universal health care to its citizens and residents. The private and public health care systems in Costa Rica are at a high level. Costa Rica hospitals have a high standard of medical care equivalent to that of most Western countries. Medical tourism is growing in its popularity. As a result, Costa Rica is becoming increasingly sensitive to the elderly and those who require extra care.
At CRIE, we have a lot of experience in this process and can help you with the Caja registration without delay.
- Assistance with required documents;
- Scheduling appointment at local CCSS office in San José metro area (GAM);
- 1 visit to local CCSS office in San José metro area (GAM).
Pricing does NOT include:
- Multiple visits to CCSS offices, or trips outside of San José metro area (GAM).
*All prices subject to change without notice
*Taxes are not included in the price