Medical Care while Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaraguan medicine 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 clinics and essential care, however if an emergency comes up, patients must be transported to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major region in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to get to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where conditions are terrible and healing routines are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide slightly better treatment, however most of them function on a cash-only basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can demonstrate that you, or someone with you,can provide cash. Credit cards are not a suitable method 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 contemporary medicines are not yet offered in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine be certain you have extra to get you through your visit in the country. If you travel to the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your trip to prevent contracting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign country ; most will not. Check with your carrier before you depart, and make certain that your policy is valid during while you are outside the US. Also make sure it will cover emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, obtain a supplemental policy before you leave.

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