Residents in the Atenas area can now make appointments for visits to the Hospital San Rafael de Alajuela by Internet. The area is the third to be connected that way. The others are Alajuela west and Poás.
The Atenas area contains some 26,721 clients of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Expats recently have been required to affiliate with the Caja. In the past, these residents would have to travel the 26 kilometers to the hospital to make an appointment in person. Now they can get an e-mail address for the various departments by calling the hospital.
The Atenas part of the system went into operation Wednesday. Appointments can be for all the medical specialties and surgeries except x-ray and laboratory, said the Caja.