What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only place that can handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and basic attention, 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 get to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are deplorable and treatment routines are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer a little better care, however almost all of them function on a cash-only foundation, 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 a suitable form of payment nearly anywhere 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. Most current medicines are not yet available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you have extra to hold you during your stay in the country. If you visit the east coast, make sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your vacation to prevent being affected by the illness.

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

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