Caja says hotels and restaurants owe $11 million

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said Wednesday that 2,587 hotels and restaurants are behind on their monthly payments. The total is an astounding 5.5 billion colons or about $11 million.

The nation’s health provider said that it is conducting 862 procedures for closing establishments and that there are more than 4,500 court actions.

Employers have to pay the Caja a percentage based on employee salaries each month. Employees contribute to the payment, too, so when an employer fails to remit money to the Caja some of the cash belongs to the employees.

The Caja said that 10 companies represent 15 percent of the total debt. Among the top 10 are two Arenal area hotels. However, the Caja did not fully identify the bulk of the 10 firms, and some have names shared by several companies.

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