What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

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

When an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the nearest facility that will receive patients. This is usually a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and treatment regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide a little better care, however many of them function on a cash-only foundation, 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 practically 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 contemporary medicines are not yet available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you have extra to hold you through your stay in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be positive to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent being affected by the illness.

Finally, don't assume your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign nation ; many will not. Confirm with your carrier before you disembark, and validate that your plan is effective even though you are outside the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, obtain a supplemental policy before you go.

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