In the 1990s the Costa Rican government reformed the country’s healthcare system with a emphasis on the importance of quality primary care. The Ministry of Health and the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social committed to making team based, data driven and life long primary care accessible equitably to the whole population.
The goal of our project was to photograph as wide an array of scenarios as possible in the week that we were there. That often meant 4AM wake up calls and long hours of driving, but the exposure that we had to even the most remote healthcare facilities was incredible.
It was interesting for me to see how much the people of Costa Rica appreciated and respected their healthcare system. Everywhere we went we were welcomed, into hospitals, into clinics, into homes. As soon as people heard we were with the Caja they were happy to help.