Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

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 doctors and essential services, but 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 occurs, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are deplorable and healing regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide a little better care, but many of them operate 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 nearly anyplace 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 good number of current medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you have extra to get you through 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 circumvent contracting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign country ; many will not. Confirm with your carrier before you disembark, and make certain that your policy applies while you are outside the US. Also make sure it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, obtain a supplemental plan before you leave.

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