Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaraguan medicine 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 attention, however if an emergency arises, patients must be moved to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major city in the country.

When an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are dreadful and healing routines are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer slightly better treatment, however 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 give cash. Credit cards are not an adequate form of payment nearly anywhere for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are advised to be up to date with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A large amount of modern medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you take more than enough to hold you through your visit in the nation. If you travel to the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to avoid contracting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign nation ; most will not. Confirm with your carrier before you leave, and validate that your plan is valid even though you are outside the US. Also make sure it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, find a supplemental plan before you leave.

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