The CCSS funded 15,000 prostheses to help those hard of hearing. This sounds good on the surface but the Costa Rican Association of Therapists is against this move. Let’s look into the issue.
The Caja believes that this decision will maintain the quality of appliances and that the attention will improve. It points out that more expensive options are now available at now cost to the patient.
The CTCR believes this will actually negatively affect service to 15,000 patients. This is because the old model of service was that the CCSS funded the hearing aids and the patients were able to choose the one they wanted as well as the private practice to receive care but through the new consolidated public purchase the available devices will come from only 9 of the current 45 companies in the country, limiting the patient’s options.
They also ask how control will be handled for the entire population by only 30 audiologists when the wait list is already 1-3 years long.