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Del. Surovell Reports: Even in Costa Rica, They’re Rooting for Virginia to Expand Medicaid!

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Virginia Delegate (and new Blue Virginia Costa Rica correspondent? LOL) Scott Surovell reports, “Found this on the beach in Playa Guiones, Costa Rica.” Surovell adds, “Playa Guiones is a hotbed of healthcare policy.” 😉

In all seriousness, though, here’s some information on Costa Rica’s health care system. You’ll notice it’s a gazillion times better than ours. Fortunately for Costa Rica, they apparently don’t have ALEC or ALEC tools like Virginia House Speaker Bill “ALEC” Howell in their country.

Costa Rica provides universal health care to its citizens and permanent residents. Costa Rica offers some of the best health care in Latin America. Both the private and public health care systems are always being upgraded. New hospitals, new clinics, new machines, and improvement in staff and training…

…Statistics from the World Health Organization frequently place Costa Rica in the top country rankings in the world for long life expectancy…



Costs tend to be much less than doctor, hospital, and prescription costs in the U.S…

…Costa Rica is a popular destination for medical tourism because of the beautiful surroundings, low costs, and medical reputation.

Anyway, maybe if Delegate Surovell can’t persuade his obstinate Republican colleagues to expand Medicaid in Virginia, he could persuade them to all move to Costa Rica? On second thought, I wouldn’t wish those guys on my worst enemy, let alone a beautiful, peaceful place like Costa Rica! LOL

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I remember how Howard Dean, a medical doctor himself, used a litany of countries with universal health care as part of his stump speech. He always ended with, “Even little Costa Rica has universal health care!”

    Now, the Affordable Care Act is trying to bring care to more uninsured Americans, and what do Virginia Republicans do? Everything they can to stop insurance for the working class, even though their actions will result in some people dying unnecessarily.

    Hopefully, the AcA is just the first step to single-payer health insurance, or “Medicare for All.”

  • pvogel

    Coats Rica   was  once  the first  medical tourism   country.   If you needed   treatment,  and you     health insurance   told you  to die,  you could fly to San Jose  and  have the treatment at  around  %20   of the  usa cost