The Costa Rican Social Security Department will be asking the Ministry of Health to make a declaration of absence of candidates in order hire in twelve foreign medical specialties.
Among the specialists that could be hired are anesthesiologists, radiologists and several pediatric subspecialists.The purpose of this request is to start solving the problem of a shortage of more than 600 medical specialists.Furthermore, "... The Costa Rican Social Security Department has also requested authorization to create 45 new positions for medical residents and send abroad, gradually, up to 244 doctors to train as specialists."
The Instituto Nacional de Seguros de Costa Rica requires clinical laboratory, general practitioners and medical specialists services.
Professional services in medicine to conduct medical examinations and / or resting electrocardiograms with corresponding cardiovascular assessment, required by of life insurance or medical expenses policy holders.
The Social Security Department already has a shortfall of 200 specialists and in the next 4 years more than 400 currently serving doctors will retire.
At the moment there are 1443 medical specialists working in the Social Security Department (CSS), 405 are over 58 years old, which means that they will retire in four years, according to information from the Directorate of National Health Services and Benefits at the CSS.
In the absence of specialists the Social Security Department has announced it will hire180 foreign doctors.
The vacancies are in the areas of cardiology, surgery, anesthesiology and internal medicine in the district of Panama and the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Cocle, Colon, Chiriqui, Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas.
"This is the first request for foreign medics by the institution this year, based on Resolution 2 of 1985, which allows the CSS and the Ministry of Health to hire foreign professionals in various areas via competitive tender or if within one within 30 days of a convocation no national candidates come forward.
The Social Security Fund will recruit foreign medical specialists for the Limon Hospital.
Given the refusal of medical specialists in Costa Rica to work in the Caribbean city, health authorities in conjunction with the Medical College have agreed in principle to the recruit for one year foreign specialists to fill vacancies in Limon.