What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only area that is able to treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have physicians and basic care, however if an emergency arises, patients must be moved to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major city in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the nearest facility that will accept patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are terrible and healing routines are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and give a little better care, however almost all 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 pay in cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of compensation nearly anyplace 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. A good number of modern medicines are not yet available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be sure you take extra to get you during your visit in the nation. If you travel to the east coast, be sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent contracting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign nation ; most will not. Check with your policy holder before you leave, and make sure that your policy applies while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, get a supplemental policy before you go.

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