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Producers release “La Caja de Pandora” – documentary explores “crisis” in Costa Rica’s public health system

Click here to watch the full documentary.

January 30th, 2014 ( A feature-length documentary produced by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) which explores what it describes as the crisis facing Costa Rica’s public health system, known locally as CCSS or, more commonly, the “Caja,” was released yesterday.


Production of the film, titled “La Caja de Pandora” (literally, Pandora’s Box) was led by Professor Pablo Ortega who has worked on other social and environmental documentaries, such as “Costa Rica, SA.”


The investigate documentary, produced by the UCR Media Laboratory for Investigative Documentaries, analyzes the depth, origins, and future effects of the “crisis” facing the CCSS.


“[The film] is an effort to provide the public a clear picture of the process of deterioration of one of the most successful models of [social security and public healthcare] in the world, and to show that this process [of deterioration] has continued, despite what authorities of the institution tell [the public],” Ortega told the El Pais newspaper.


“Through more than twenty interviews, extensive archival material and both a satirical and confrontational style, the documentary explains the virtues of [CCSS] as the optimal form of organization of health care for the people, in relation to other models based on the purchasing power of [the insured],” Ortega said.


Click here to watch the full documentary.


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