What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only area that is able to handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and basic care, but if an emergency comes up, patients must be moved to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major city in the country.

When an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will receive patients. This is typically a public hospital, where situations are deplorable and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide a touch better treatment, but many of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can demonstrate that you, or someone with you,can provide cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of compensation almost anywhere for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are counseled to be current with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. Most modern medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you take more than enough to hold you during 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 circumvent being affected by the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign nation ; many will not. Check with your policy holder before you leave, and make certain that your plan applies even though you are outside the US. Also make sure it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, get a supplemental plan before you depart.

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