What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

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

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are terrible and healing regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide a little better care, however many of them work on a cash-only basis, and you will not be brought to one unless you can prove that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable method of compensation nearly anywhere for emergency services.

Visitors traveling to Nicaragua are counseled to be current with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A large amount of modern medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you take extra to hold you during your stay in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to circumvent being affected by the illness.

In conclusion, don't presume your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign nation ; many will not. Check with your policy holder before you depart, and validate that your plan is effective even though you are outside the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, obtain a supplemental plan before you leave.

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