Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only place that can treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and basic care, but if an emergency occurs, patients must be brought to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major city in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the nearest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide slightly better treatment, but most of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can pay in cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method of payment nearly anywhere for emergency services.

Visitors traveling to Nicaragua are recommended to be up to date with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. Most modern medicines are not yet available in Nicaragua, therefore if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you take more than enough to get you through your visit in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent getting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign nation ; most will not. Confirm with your policy holder before you disembark, and validate that your plan is effective while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, obtain a supplemental policy before you go.

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