Managing Your Health in the Central Valley & Beyond
Do you like the more natural approach to managing your health? Then knowing where a "Macrobiotica" will be vital to you. Thankfully, in Atenas, we have a few to choose from. One of the more well known Marcrobioticas is "Vida Natural." They sell all sorts of herbs, vitamins, teas, essential oils, sugar free treats, health foods & other supplements. If you want to support your local community for your health needs, here is a good place to start.
Bonus: The owner speaks English fairly well.
Check them out here:
For your convenience, a map & phone number is located on the main page.
As BareCostaRica continues to grow, we will expand in other provinces & where else you can go for your natural health needs.
Cruz Roja (Red Cross)
If you are located in Atenas (Or most anywhere in the country), uninsured & call 911 for an emergency, you will be headed to the Red Cross clinic in your nearest city.
Atenas has a clinic located near the centro.
If your emergency is grave enough, you will be sent to the CCSS Hospital of Alajuela. I believe there are some great doctors at Cruz Roja, but staff is frequently rotating & there's no guarantee any doctor I tell you about will be there.
I have had some family in dire situations. As a family full of former medical professionals, I will say this: I do believe the paramedics need much more experience & training. Nevertheless, they will get you to the clinic to be seen by a doctor & determine whether or not you need more critical care at the hospital.
I also have a strong opinion about the CCSS Hospital Alajuela...
Private Clinics & Hospitals
Linea Vital is a private ambulance & clinic located in Atenas. The paramedics are well trained, sympathetic & Dr. Candy is the primary physician (yes, she speaks English). If you have travelers insurance, a plan through INS, or any other plan that offers emergency coverage, this is a clinic you can call.
If you don't have insurance, the out-of-pocket cost for an ambulance visit is a mere fraction of what it would cost in The U.S. or Canada, & depending on what medications & treatments you need to receive, a ride to private Texas-based Hospital Cima in Escazu will likely cost around $500 USD. The most recent emergency contact number listed is: +506 2446 7440.
Please verify this information before attempting to reach the clinic in an emergency situation. A map & more information is conveniently located on their Facebook page HERE. Linea Vital is also available in Quepos..
Volunteer opportunities are also available!
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