Costa Rican Department of Social Security

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Costa Rican Department of Social Security
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Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social logo
Formation 1 of November of 1941
Type Governmental organization
Purpose Health Services
Headquarters San José, Costa Rica
Dra. Rocío Sáenz
Main organ
Board of Directors (Junta Directiva)[1]

The Costa Rican Department of Social Security or Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (as it is known in Spanish) is in charge of most of the nation's public health sector. Its role in public health (as the administrator of health institutions) is key in Costa Rica, playing an important part in the state's national health policy making.

Its services are available to all citizens and permanent legal residents. This governmental entity's functions encompass both the administrative and functional aspects. It has the obligation (as a public institution) to formulate and execute health programs that are both preventive (such as: vaccination, informational, fumigation, etc.) and healing (such as: surgery, radiation therapy, pharmacy, clinical, etc.) in nature.[2]

The Costa Rican Department of Social Insurance is also charged with the administration of the public pension system.

Internal Organization[edit]

The Costa Rican Department of Social Security has a complex internal organization which administers and oversees all of the entity's actions in every aspect of its functions. It is strategically managed and administered by the Board of Directors, Executive Presidency, and six Managements. Additionally, it has a supervising body that oversees the administrative actions taken.[1]

Executive Presidency[edit]

The current Executive President is Dra. María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal[3] (Rocío Sáenz, for short). The Executive President also chairs the Board of Directors and is appointed by the government.

The Executive President is the highest office any one person can hold within the organization's hierarchy and is charged with the responsibility of executing the Board of Directors' decision. Among other functions, responsibilities, and obligations, the Executive President must coordinate with other government institutions wherever possible or needed.

Apart from having state given obligations (which are exposed in the national law) the Board of Directors can assign other corresponding responsibilities. The Executive President is obliged to provide exclusive services to the Costa Rican Department of Social Insurance; meaning that he or she may not hold any other public office or work independently while serving as Executive President.

Hospitals and clinics[edit]

Hospitals and clinics under CCSS administration:







San José[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1] Information in Spanish from official webpage
  2. ^ [2] Functions, Spanish.
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