Overseas Emergency Medical Care Realities
While this story is about an experience in Guatemala, I feel it will help answer some typical questions.
One of the considerations of people moving from the first world to Nicaragua is access to medical care. Depending on where you come from, you may be asking about care directly or about medical insurance. This particular article offers a lot of insight. It includes experience with free emergency medical care and then private care. It includes details of what was done and the costs.
The article appears in The Motley Fool. Probably the most amazing thing is that 1/3 of the cost was for taxi rides.
Our unexpected medical journey over the last two months took us to Guatemala's national hospital, Pedro de Bethancourt, to a plastic surgeon in Guatemala City with his own personal operating room on the ninth floor and a panoramic view of the capital city below, to the inside of a hyperbaric chamber for oxygen therapy. We've visited an array of pharmacies for medicines, gauze, and splinting paraphernalia, and spent too many hours inside a personally hired taxi for our circuitous route from Antigua to Guatemala City.