Costa Ricans Live Longer Than We Do. What’s the Secret?

This is a long one, but since I have a brother living in Costa Rica, I thought he would find this interesting. I did; you might, too. And I think the U.S. could learn a thing or two from this article.
Larry

Stigmatis

In the United States and elsewhere, public health and medical care are largely separate enterprises. Costa Rica shows the benefits of integrating the two—it spends less than we do on health care and gets better results.Photographs by Fred Ramos for The New Yorker

We’ve starved our public-health sector. The Costa Rica model demonstrates what happens when you put it first.

The cemetery in Atenas, Costa Rica, a small town in the mountains that line the country’s lush Central Valley, contains hundreds of flat white crypt markers laid out in neat rows like mah-jongg tiles, extending in every direction. On a clear afternoon in April, Álvaro Salas Chaves, who was born in Atenas in 1950, guided me through the graves.

“As a child, I witnessed every day two, three, four funerals for kids,” he said. “The cemetery was divided into two. One side for adults, and the other side for…

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