Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

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

Once an emergency occurs, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is usually a public hospital, where situations are dreadful and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide a little better treatment, however many 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 pay in cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable method of compensation almost 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 modern medicines are not yet offered in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you take extra to hold you during your stay in the country. If you travel to the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your vacation to prevent contracting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign country ; many will not. Confirm with your carrier before you leave, and make sure that your policy is valid 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 depart.

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