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Health Check: Life expectancy in Costa Rica

Updated Wednesday, 27th July 2011

Why does Costa Rica have such a good life expectancy? Health Check from The Open University and BBC World Service investigates.

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Costa Rica has one of the best life expectancies in the Americas, higher than the US. Claudia Hammond reports on how this Central American country has achieved this and how it currently looks after its growing elderly population. Claudia asks whether Costa Rica can continue to offer free health care and drugs to its senior citizens at a time of financial difficulties.

This programme was originally broadcast on the BBC World Service on July 27th, 2011. To listen online, please visit

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