Jan. 21, 2020 Americas Publication
Engaging and empowering people and communities, Coordinating services within and across sectors, Creating an enabling environment
Building a Thriving Primary Health Care System: The story of Costa Rica
Situated in Central America, Costa Rica’s 4.9 million citizens have access to one of the most effective primary health care systems in the world. The country’s unique, team-based model of primary care service delivery successfully combines preventive and curative care to provide comprehensive primary health care to nearly all Costa Rican citizens. This case study examines the process by which Costa Rica developed its laudable primary health care system, fully describes the functioning of the system through both clinical and patient perspectives, and elucidates key lessons about primary health care delivery that can be learned from the Costa Rican experience.