Your inability to communicate with the
medical provider may determine how effectively you are cared for.
Even though Costa Rica has a functioning 911 emergency
telephone system, the chances that the 911 operator on the other end
of the line will only be able to speak Spanish. Therefore, it is
essential that all expats living in Costa Rica be able to speak some
level of emergency Spanish. It might just save your life!
And if you don't believe me, read
this article in the Tico Times.
Thanks to Johann
Benavides and the Green
Mountain Academy and the
Community Action Alliance for their permission to repurpose their
GUIDE TO SPEAKING SPANISH IN MEDICAL SITUATIONS