Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only area that can treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and essential services, however if an emergency comes up, patients must be moved to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major parts of the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will accept patients. This is usually a public hospital, where situations are terrible and treatment routines are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide a little better care, however many of them function on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be brought to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method of compensation practically anyplace for emergency services.

Visitors traveling to Nicaragua are advised to be up to date with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A good number of contemporary medicines are not yet offered in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you take extra to hold you during your stay in the country. If you travel to the east coast, make sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent contracting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign country ; very few will. Confirm with your carrier before you depart, and validate that your plan is valid while you are outside the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, acquire a supplemental policy before you depart.

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