What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only place that is able to treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and basic services, but if an emergency comes up, patients must be transported to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major region in the country.

Once an emergency arises, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is usually a public hospital, where conditions are deplorable and treatment regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer a touch better care, but many of them function on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be taken 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 practically anyplace for emergency services.

Visitors traveling to Nicaragua are recommended to be up to date with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. Most contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, therefore if you are taking prescription medicine be sure you take more than enough to hold you during your visit in the country. If you visit the east coast, be positive to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to avoid contracting the illness.

In conclusion, don't assume your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign country ; most will not. Check with your policy holder before you disembark, and make sure that your plan is valid during while you are outside the US. Also make certain that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, acquire a supplemental policy before you go.

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