What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only place that is able to treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and basic services, however if an emergency arises, patients must be moved 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 nearest facility that will accept patients. This is usually a public hospital, where situations are deplorable and treatment regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sterile and provide a little better treatment, however most of them function on a cash-only foundation, 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 method of compensation nearly anywhere for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are counseled to be current with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A good number of current medicines are not yet offered in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you take extra to hold you through your stay in the nation. If you travel to the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent being affected by the illness.

In conclusion, don't expect your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign nation ; many will not. Confirm with your policy holder before you disembark, and validate that your plan applies during while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also make sure it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, get a supplemental plan before you leave.

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