Caja says many patients fail to pick up medicines

The nation’s health provider said that patients fail to pickup about 8 percent of the medicines that they have sought. The total is about 72,000 a month, said the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Patients usually have three working days to pick up the medicine that they have sought. Usually the medicine is free under the nation’s health system. However, there frequently are extensive waits.

The Caja notes that staff time is wasted filling the prescriptions that will not be picked up as well as time in putting the medicines back into the inventory.

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