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 handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and essential services, however if an emergency arises, patients must be moved to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major city in the country.

Once an emergency arises, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and healing regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sterile and give a little better treatment, however most of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can prove that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of compensation practically anywhere 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 available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you take more than enough to get you during your visit in the nation. If you visit the east coast, make sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to avoid contracting the illness.

In conclusion, don't presume your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign nation ; many will not. Confirm with your carrier before you depart, and make sure that your plan is effective even though you are outside the US. Also make certain that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, obtain a supplemental policy before you leave.

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