Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan healthcare 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 doctors and essential care, however if an emergency comes up, patients must be moved to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major city in the country.

When an emergency arises, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will accept patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are deplorable and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sterile and provide a little better treatment, however almost all of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of payment nearly anyplace for emergency services.

Visitors traveling to Nicaragua are recommended 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 available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you have more than enough to hold you through your stay in the nation. If you travel to the east coast, be positive to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent contracting the illness.

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

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