Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan medicine 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 clinics and essential care, but if an emergency occurs, patients must be brought to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major region in the country.

When an emergency occurs, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are deplorable and healing routines are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide a little better care, but many of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can demonstrate that you, or someone with you,can pay in cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable method of payment nearly 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. A good number of contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be sure you have more than enough to get you through your visit in the country. If you visit the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to prevent contracting the illness.

Lastly, don't expect your medical insurance policy will include care in a foreign country ; most will not. Confirm with your agent before you depart, and validate that your policy applies while you are outside the US. Also make sure it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, obtain a supplemental plan before you depart.

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