What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only area that can handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and basic attention, but if an emergency arises, patients must be transported to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major region in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is usually a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and treatment regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide a little better care, but almost all 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 pay in cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method of compensation almost anyplace 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. Most contemporary medicines are not yet available in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you take extra to hold you during your visit in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be positive to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to prevent being affected by the illness.

Finally, don't assume your medical insurance policy will include care in a foreign nation ; most will not. Confirm with your policy holder before you disembark, and validate that your plan applies during while you are outside the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, obtain a supplemental policy before you leave.

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