Costa Rica to Hire Foreign Medical Specialists

The Social Security Fund will recruit foreign medical specialists for the Limon Hospital.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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.

Deputy Health Minister, Mauricio Vargas, said the hiring of foreign doctors is temporary and "parallel to the creation of a law on mandatory social service," reports the article in

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