Letter to the Editor:

Many Americans choose to go to other countries for health care. 

I have a friend who moved to Costa Rica and one factor that drew her there was their excellent health care. Costa Rica provides universal health care to all of its citizens and permanent residents. 

The Costa Rican health care system is highly rated internationally and the life expectancy is higher in Costa Rica than in the United States. 

My friend, who is a U.S. citizen, is able to buy into universal health care for $60 a month. That covers all medical needs including dental and medications. 

Costa Rica has seven internationally accredited private hospitals and 10 world-class public hospitals including a children’s hospital that also is rated as one of the best in the world. 

In every community, there are small clinics called Equipos Básicos de Atención Integral en Salud (EBAIS) for nonemergencies. EBAIS in English means basic terms of global health care. 

In Costa Rica, health care starts at the EBAIS, the local clinic that is accessible to all. 

On one trip to Costa Rica, my friend stepped on coral and developed an infection. She was able to see a doctor immediately at one of the EBAIS. She received excellent care for a minimum cost and to her delight, the doctor had attended Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Why are we so behind other developed nations in health care? 

We must get behind a universal plan that provides quality care for all people.

Mery Krause

Land O’ Lakes