Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaraguan healthcare is not up to standard with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only place that is able to handle emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and essential attention, but if an emergency arises, patients must be transported to the capital. There are large hospitals in every major region in the country.

When an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the nearest facility that will accept patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are deplorable and treatment regimens are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide slightly better treatment, but most 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 pay in cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of compensation nearly anyplace for emergency services.

Visitors traveling to Nicaragua are recommended to be up to date with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. Most modern medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine make certain you have more than enough to hold you during your visit in the country. If you travel to the east coast, be sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to avoid getting the illness.

Lastly, don't expect your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign country ; many will not. Confirm with your agent before you leave, and validate that your insurance is valid while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also make sure it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, acquire a supplemental plan before you leave.

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