What to Expect - Nicaraguan Medical Practices

Nicaraguan medicine is not up to par with North American or European facilities. Managua is probably the only area that can treat emergency medical cases. Many towns have doctors and basic care, however if an emergency comes up, patients must be moved to the capital. There are big hospitals in every major city in the country.

Once an emergency happens, the patient is to go to the closest facility that will admit patients. This is normally a public hospital, where situations are terrible and healing regimens are almost non-existent. Private hospitals are more sterile and provide slightly better treatment, however many of them operate on a cash-only basis, and you will not be taken to one unless you can verify that you, or someone with you,can give cash. Credit cards are not a suitable form of payment nearly anyplace for emergency services.

Tourists traveling to Nicaragua are counseled 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 offered in Nicaragua, so if you are taking prescription medicine make sure you have extra to hold you through your visit in the nation. If you visit the east coast, make sure to receive an anti-malaria medicine both before and after your visit to avoid getting the illness.

Lastly, don't presume your medical insurance plan will include care in a foreign nation ; most will not. Check with your policy holder before you depart, and validate that your plan applies while you are beyond the borders of the US. Also validate that it will include emergency medical procedures, transportation, and evacuation. If not, get a supplemental policy before you depart.

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