Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to standard 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 basic attention, but if an emergency comes up, patients must be transported to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major region in the country.

When an emergency arises, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will accept patients. This is usually a public hospital, where situations are terrible and treatment routines are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer a touch better care, but many of them function on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be taken to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can provide cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method of payment practically anyplace 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 available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you have extra to hold you during your visit in the country. If you visit the east coast, be sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your vacation to avoid contracting the illness.

Lastly, don't expect your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign country ; many will not. Check with your carrier before you disembark, and make sure that your plan is valid even though you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, find a supplemental policy before you leave.

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