Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only place that can handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and basic services, however if an emergency occurs, patients must be moved to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major city in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are terrible and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer a little better treatment, however many of them work on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be taken to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method of compensation nearly anyplace 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 obtainable in Nicaragua, therefore if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you take more than enough to hold you during your stay in the nation. If you visit the east coast, make sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent getting the illness.

Finally, don't assume your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign nation ; many will not. Check with your policy holder before you depart, and make sure that your insurance applies while you are outside the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, get a supplemental policy before you leave.

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