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Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

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

When an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are terrible and treatment routines are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer a touch better care, but almost all 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 give cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method of payment 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 contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you have extra to hold you during your visit in the country. If you go to the east coast, make sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent getting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign country ; very few will. Check with your policy holder before you depart, and make sure that your plan is valid while you are outside the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, acquire a supplemental plan before you leave.

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