The CCSS has asked the United Arab Emirates to donate a new hospital in Limón, a proposal that the country is seriously considering. Related negotiations have been taking place in both countries.
The project has an estimated cost of over $200 million. The UAE is the country that donates the most in world aid. In 2016, it gave $4,240 million in aid, the equivalent of 1.21% of its GDP.
The idea is to deliver a center in turnkey mode, in other words the whole project would be managed and completed by the UAE. Officials from the UAE have, however, asked for Costa Rica to provide equipment.
Technical studies are being carried out for the new hospital that would serve a population of over 232,000 people. It would be further from the sea than the current one because the saline damages medical equipment. It would also have more specialties to avoid sending so many people to San Jose.