Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only place that can treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and essential services, but 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 happens, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will accept patients. This is usually a public hospital, where conditions are deplorable and treatment routines are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide a touch better care, but almost all of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be brought to one unless you can prove that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method of compensation almost anywhere for emergency services.

Tourists 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 available in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you take more than enough to get you through your visit 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 getting the illness.

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

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