What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only place that is able to treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and essential care, but if an emergency arises, patients must be transported to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major parts of the country.

As soon as an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will receive patients. This is usually a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and treatment regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide slightly better treatment, but many of them function on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be taken to one unless you can prove that you, or someone with you,can provide cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of payment nearly anyplace for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are recommended to be up to date with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A good number of modern medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you have extra to get you through your visit in the nation. If you travel to the east coast, make sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to avoid contracting the illness.

Finally, don't presume your medical insurance policy will include care in a foreign nation ; many will not. Check with your carrier before you leave, and make sure that your plan applies while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also make sure it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, obtain a supplemental policy before you go.

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