Country of Operation
ApproachCross-subsidization Financing Care Innovative operational processes Enhancing Processes Health services network Organizing Delivery
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
- Eye care
SummaryASEMBIS Health is a social enterprise that provides medical services to Costa Rica through call centers, technology, and affordable pricing, all with a warm and qualified staff.
Key program components
Through the use of a multi-tiered pricing model (in which higher revenues earned from wealthier patients cross-subsidize low-income patients), ASEMBIS of Costa Rica has created a financially self-sustaining network of clinics that offer services from basic eye examinations to sophisticated surgical procedures at a 40-70% discount from the market rate. ASEMBIS's integrated network includes non-traditional health professionals for vision testing and preventive care, cost-efficient and high-volume clinics, and mobile rural clinics; in all treating over 350,000 patients in 2004. ASEMBIS has 8 clinics in different regions of Costa Rica, offering nationwide coverage, and provides a wide spectrum of medical services, from basic health to sophisticated surgeries, imaging diagnostics, and almost all specialties, including: oftalmology, otorrinolaringology, cardiology, and gynocology, among others.