Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only area that is able to treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and essential services, but if an emergency comes up, patients must be brought to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major region in the country.

As soon as an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will receive patients. This is typically a public hospital, where conditions are dreadful and healing routines are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer a touch better care, but almost all of them work on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be brought to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can pay in cash. Credit cards are not an adequate method 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, therefore if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you have extra to get you through your visit in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent contracting the illness.

Finally, don't assume your medical insurance policy will include care in a foreign nation ; most will not. Check with your carrier before you depart, and validate that your policy applies during while you are outside the US. Also make certain that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, obtain a supplemental plan before you go.

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