Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only area that can handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and basic services, however if an emergency comes up, patients must be transported to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major parts of the country.

When an emergency arises, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are deplorable and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide a little better care, however many of them operate on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be taken to one unless you can demonstrate that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not a suitable form of payment practically anyplace 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. Most contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you take extra to hold you through your stay in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to avoid contracting the illness.

Finally, don't assume your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign nation ; most will not. Check with your carrier before you depart, and validate that your plan applies while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, find a supplemental plan before you go.

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