Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

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

Once an emergency arises, the patient is to go to the nearest facility that will receive patients. This is usually a public hospital, where situations are terrible and treatment regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and offer a touch better care, but many of them operate on a cash-only basis, and you will not be brought to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method of compensation almost anywhere for emergency services.

Visitors 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 modern medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you have more than enough to hold you through your stay in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to prevent contracting the illness.

Finally, don't presume your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign nation ; many will not. Confirm with your carrier before you depart, and validate that your insurance applies while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also make sure it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, obtain a supplemental policy before you go.

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