Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only area that is able to treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have physicians 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.

When an emergency arises, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will receive patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are terrible and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sterile and give a little better care, however many of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be brought to one unless you can prove that you, or someone with you,can pay in cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of payment almost 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. Most contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you take extra to hold you during your visit in the country. If you go to the east coast, be positive to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to prevent being affected by the illness.

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

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