According to a study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which was published by Lancet magazine, in 2005, Costa Rica had a healthy life expectancy of 69.22 years. in 2015 this indicator grew to 70.27 years, .
The study comes to this conclusion after analyzing an indicator known as Evisa, which is a summary measure that puts together losses from diseases or specific mortality cases and the contribution generated by the severity of their functional consequences.
This indicator is built from the sum of years of life lost prematurely and years of life of a disabled person who lives one or more years under a specific condition. Costa Rica has been able to match these indicators as consequence of deaths by traffic accident, homicides, suicides and other violent deaths that occurred in the country.
According to this publication, the Costa Rican population increased a year of healthy life during that period of time and it is about to reach the target set for 2018 in the National Development Plan, which is 70.49 years.
The research also determined that the 6 conditions that keep reducing more years of a healthy life to the entire population are: ischemic heart disease, low back pain or back pain, depressive disorders, hearing loss, diabetes and cervical pain.
In addition, the study also determined that the male population earned more years of healthy life than female population. Whereas men gained 1.23 years, women added 0.85 years of healthy life.
This research was conducted with scientists from around the world and Costa Rica was taken into account through the participation of staff of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS). 189 countries participated.