Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is about the only place that can treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and essential services, but if an emergency occurs, patients must be moved to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major city in the country.

Once an emergency occurs, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will accept patients. This is usually a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and healing routines are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide slightly better treatment, but many of them work on a cash-only basis, 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 form of payment nearly anyplace for emergency services.

Visitors traveling to Nicaragua are advised to be current with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. Most contemporary medicines are not yet available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you have more than enough to hold you during your stay in the nation. If you go to the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to prevent contracting the illness.

Finally, don't assume your medical insurance policy will cover you in a foreign nation ; most will not. Check with your agent before you depart, and validate that your policy is valid while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, obtain a supplemental policy before you go.

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