Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

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

As soon as an emergency arises, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will accept patients. This is typically a public hospital, where conditions 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 basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can demonstrate that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of payment nearly anyplace for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are advised to be current with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A good number of modern medicines are not yet available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you take more than enough to hold you through your stay in the country. If you travel to the east coast, be positive to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to prevent contracting the illness.

In conclusion, don't expect your medical insurance policy will include care in a foreign country ; most will not. Confirm with your policy holder before you depart, and validate that your plan is valid during while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also make sure it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, obtain a supplemental policy before you go.

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