New system to screen those seeking medical care

The country’s 92 public health facilities soon will be online to verify the identification of those who are seeking treatment. The Hospital de Alajuela is the first to institute this system that uses Radiográfica Costarricense S.A. networks to validate an identity with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social that runs the health system

Hospital officials said that they prevented 60 million colons (about $120,000) in fraud in the last month with the system.

Caja subscribers generally carry identification cards, but these can be passed around to non-subscribers who seek treatment.

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