Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only place that is able to handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and essential services, but if an emergency comes up, patients must be moved to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major region in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will accept patients. This is typically a public hospital, where situations are terrible and treatment regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide a touch better care, but many of them operate 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 compensation nearly anywhere for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are advised to be up to date with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. Most contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be sure you have extra to get you through your stay in the country. If you travel to the east coast, be sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to prevent contracting the illness.

Finally, don't presume your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign country ; most will not. Check with your carrier before you leave, and validate that your plan is valid during while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also make sure it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, get a supplemental plan before you leave.

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