Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

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

When an emergency occurs, the patient is to go to the nearest facility that will accept patients. This is typically a public hospital, where situations are deplorable and treatment routines are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide a touch better care, but many of them work on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be brought to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can pay in cash. Credit cards are not a suitable form of payment nearly anywhere for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are recommended 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 available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you take extra to hold you during your stay in the nation. If you go to the east coast, be sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to circumvent contracting the illness.

In conclusion, don't expect your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign nation ; many will not. Confirm with your policy holder before you depart, and make certain that your plan is valid even though you are outside the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, get a supplemental plan before you go.

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