Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only area that can handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have clinics and basic care, however if an emergency arises, patients must be transported to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major region in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will accept patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and offer a touch better care, 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 acceptable form of compensation nearly anyplace for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are advised 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, so if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you take more than enough to get you through your visit in the country. If you visit the east coast, be sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent contracting the illness.

In conclusion, don't expect your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign country ; many will not. Check with your policy holder before you leave, and validate that your plan applies even though you are outside the US. Also validate that it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, get a supplemental policy before you leave.

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