My Carné card is what will get me all needed medical service; including prescriptions, doctor visits, hospital, surgery, tests, etc. at no extra cost to me above the $114 a month coverage fee based on my U.S. Social Security income check deposited in a bank here.
The instructions said bring the original of each needed document and one copy. In my usual overkill I made 3 copies of all and took it with me. He didn’t even want one copy beyond the originals, BUT . . . He did not like the digital printed receipt of my electric bill and made be go for a traditional paper bill mailed to houses with no email. Very difficult to get! But with help of my amigo Jason Quesada & landlord, we finally got it in time.
I still have to go back to Immigration 28 July for my Cedula or residential ID card, but I am legally a resident now with full medical coverage. An American Tico? Well, more secure anyway! 🙂
Next week I will schedule my initial appointment with the Caja doctor assigned to me, getting a physical and giving him my medical history. It will be interesting to see what they do with my Sleep Apnea and the recently discovered heart arrhythmia. For some specialists I may have to go to Alajuela or San Jose, just like with the more expensive private doctors.