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Medical Services

For serious medical emergencies, head to Hospital CIMA in San Rafael de Escazú, whose facilities are the most modern in the greater San José area.

Clínica Bíblica The top private clinic downtown has a 24-hour emergency room; doctors speak English, French and German.

Hospital Calderón Guardia A public hospital in central San José.

Hospital La Católica Pricey private clinic geared toward medical-tourism patients from abroad.

Hospital San Juan de Dios Free public hospital open 24 hours; expect long waits.