What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only place that is able to handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and essential services, however if an emergency comes up, patients must be moved to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major region in the country.

When an emergency occurs, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will accept patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are deplorable and healing routines are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer slightly better treatment, however many of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be brought to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not a suitable form of payment almost 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 contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you take extra to get you during your stay in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be positive to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent being affected by the illness.

In conclusion, don't assume your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign nation ; most will not. Confirm with your policy holder before you leave, and validate that your insurance applies even though you are outside the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, acquire a supplemental policy before you leave.

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