Fernando Llorca Castro
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Fernando Llorca Castro

Essayist and opinion writer in various media. Topics such as art, history, literature, movies, government, social affairs, and many others, are in the pipeline. The inkwell of my pen is full of proposals, and like paper, it is full of challenges.

I believe that access to health care as a fundamental human right and I am convinced that an adequate administration of power in decision-making process, is essential to allocate with a long-term guarantee, the necessary resources to make this a universal reality. Functional health about biology. Welfare over the simple conformist; just being well. We are getting ready to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) challenges.

Former Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States (2018-2022), former Deputy-Minister of Health of Costa Rica (2014), former Stewardship of the Health, Nutrition and Sports Sector and Minister of Health of Costa Rica (2015-2017) and former Executive President of CCSS, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (2017-2018).

I have worked as a health policy researcher, advisor and as a primary care medical practitioner in Costa Rica and Spain, and as a registered medical disability analyst in the United Kingdom. Inequities in access to quality services between rural areas, cities and marginal urban areas surround us and we must reduce them. As a Medical Manager, I have worked for the public healthcare system in Costa Rica and for international private insurance companies in Spain. I have had the privilege of practicing medicine in all three countries.

Currently, I contribute to improving the lives of Costa Ricans in the CCSS, as a medical part of the team of the Directorate of the Integrated Network for the Provision of North Central Health Services. Additionally, I am an associate member of the Costa Rican Academy of Genealogical Sciences, which helps thousands of people discover and understand their genealogical past and roots.

I own a Magister Scientiae (MSc) degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) from University of London and Master (MA) in Health Care Management and Administration and a Master (MA) in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) from Barcelona. I was trained as a Medical Doctor in Costa Rica at the Universidad Autónoma de Centro América (UACA), I have a Magister Scientiae (MSc) degree in Administration of Health Centers and Services from the Universidad de Ciencias Médicas (UCIMED) and I have an Advanced Studies Diploma (ASD) in Political Economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM).

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