Costa Rica is one of the most affluent & well-educated countries in Central America which is obvious in the pricing of utilities, food, rent, & real estate. Public healthcare is cheap in Costa Rica. Prices start at about $20 per month. Private plans on the other hand, are relatively expensive at about $50-$100 per month depending on medical history, age, and general health. At a private clinic, an appointment with a doctor costs about $75 and most of the procedures, exams, and prescriptions cost a fraction of what they generally do in the U.S.