Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only area that is able to handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and essential care, however if an emergency comes up, patients must be transported to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major city in the country.

When an emergency arises, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are dreadful and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide slightly better treatment, however almost all of them function on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be taken to one unless you can demonstrate that you, or someone with you,can pay in cash. Credit cards are not an adequate form of compensation practically anyplace for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are recommended to be up to date with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A good number of contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine be sure you take more than enough to hold you during your visit in the nation. If you travel to the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to avoid contracting the illness.

Finally, don't expect your medical insurance policy will include care in a foreign nation ; very few will. Check with your agent before you leave, and validate that your plan applies while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, get a supplemental policy before you depart.

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