Nicaragua Travel: Basic & ER Medical Care

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 basic services, but 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 go to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is usually a public hospital, where conditions are deplorable and healing routines are nearly non-existent. Private hospitals are more sanitary and provide a little better treatment, but many of them function on a cash-only foundation, and you will not be taken to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can provide cash. Credit cards are not an acceptable form of payment almost anyplace for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are recommended to be current with all of the vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A large amount of contemporary medicines are not yet obtainable in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine be sure you take extra to get you through your stay in the nation. If you visit the east coast, be sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your vacation to prevent getting the illness.

In conclusion, don't assume your medical insurance plan will cover you in a foreign nation ; most will not. Confirm with your carrier before you disembark, and validate that your plan is valid while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. Otherwise, get a supplemental policy before you go.

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