Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only area that can treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and essential services, however if an emergency arises, patients must be brought to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major region in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and healing routines are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sterile and give slightly better care, however almost all of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can prove that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not an adequate form of payment almost 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 large amount of current medicines are not yet offered in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be sure you take more than enough to get you during your stay in the nation. If you visit the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent contracting the illness.

Finally, don't presume your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign nation ; many will not. Confirm with your carrier before you leave, and validate that your plan is valid while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, acquire a supplemental policy before you depart.

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