Health insurance prior to residency

DWQA QuestionsCategory: Moving to Costa RicaHealth insurance prior to residency
franksposato asked 6 years ago

Hi Guys, I am moving to Costa Rica in March and will be 6 months there and 6 months in the US for the first year.  Second year I will be 9 months in CR and 3 in US to manage my business.  My question is what did you guys do for health insurance and healthcare prior to gaining residency?  And what are you doing now that you are a resident (and have a baby)…are you utilizing CAJA or private insurance?

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Jenn and Matt Staff answered 6 years ago

Hi franksposato, 
We are still waiting for our residency to be approved so aren’t able to use the Caja system yet (except for our son, who has it automatically). So we have just been paying out of pocket for things. But so far it has been very affordable. For example, one of us just got full blood work and urinalysis done and it cost less than $60. A simple blood test is around $14. Also, we only paid about $90 for a prenatal doctor’s appointment, including an ultrasound. A dental appointment for a white filling is about $40. These prices are without any type of insurance. Sometimes major things can be expensive though. If you are going back and forth and have health coverage in the US, you could always balance what you do here and what you do there. Just an idea. 

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