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 can treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and essential care, however if an emergency comes up, patients must be moved to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major parts of the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will accept patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are dreadful and healing regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are cleaner and provide a touch better treatment, however almost all of them operate 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 compensation almost 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 modern medicines are not yet available in Nicaragua, thus if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you have extra to hold you through your visit in the nation. If you visit the east coast, make sure to take an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your vacation to prevent getting the illness.

Finally, don't expect your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign nation ; many will not. Check with your carrier before you leave, and make sure that your insurance is valid even though you are beyond the borders of the US. Also make sure it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, acquire a supplemental plan before you leave.

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