Costa Rica: 1,200 Medical Specialists Needed

Some of the specialties deemed critical are Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Gynecology.

Monday, November 15, 2010

In addition to the lack of medical specialists, the Social Security Fund reports that staff is needed in areas such as radiation therapy, geriatrics, anesthesiology and orthopedics.

"The data came after a recent update of a study, in 2006, by the CCSS and the Center for Strategic Development and Information on Health and Social Security (Cendeisss), a body which trains specialists", reported.

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