What to Expect from Healthcare in Nicaragua

Posted by Gran Pacifica on Sep 20, 2012 3:38:50 PM

Retiring to Nicaragua does not have to mean that people’s healthcare will suffer, especially if they are going to be moving close to the capital city Managua and other major cities. Healthcare is very good in Nicaragua and it is also less expensive than it is in the United States. Therefore, people have the opportunities to maintain their health even if they move out of the States and retire in this foreign country.

Where to Find the Best Healthcare

The best plan for expatriates and visitors is to remain near the major cities. If they do this, they will have access to several well-equipped and well-staffed hospitals with doctors who have often received their training in the United States. Patients may not have any trouble finding a physician who speaks English in a hospital that has most of the modern technology of the medical facilities in the United States. Just some of these healthcare facilities in Nicaragua are:

  1. Hospital Bautist
  2. Hospital Metropolitano
  3. Hospital Privado Salud Integral
  4. Military Hospital
  5. Private Hospital Cocibolca in Granada

The Cost of Healthcare

Healthcare in Nicaragua is pleasantly inexpensive. Ordinarily, people will pay no more than $30 for their visits to their physician’s offices. Surprisingly, if they need to visit one of the hospitals listed above, the bill should not reach more than $100 for the night. Retirees will also have the option of visiting a public hospital, and these entities do not charge the patient for their stay.

Paying for healthcare in Nicaragua means that patients can offer cash or credit card but they can also use their health insurance plans. Medicare recipients know that their benefits do not extend toward foreign countries, so they will need to purchase some form of supplemental insurance if they would rather pay that way than pay in cash. Some private health insurance policies will be accepted in Nicaragua. To be safe, people must make sure they know whether or not this is the case before they leave their countries of origin.


When people call an ambulance, the services provided may be a bit different from what they have experienced in the United States. They will need to have chosen the best hospital for their needs before they call an ambulance because they may be taken to a public hospital when they would rather be driven to a private hospital for which they can easily pay. The ambulance personnel cannot be expected to perform the most advanced life saving procedures but they are available for first aid.

Obtain the Medical Care You Need

For the most part, visitors to Nicaragua will be able to obtain the medical care they need in the major cities. They may experience some difficulties if they have illnesses that require the most advanced treatment and medications, so they may find it necessary to leave the country in those circumstances. Provided that the condition is not that serious, they will be able to obtain their healthcare services at a less costly price than they can in the U.S.


Gran Pacifica

Written by Gran Pacifica

Gran Pacifica is a master planned community of over 2500 acres and 3.5 miles of Pacific coast line an hour west of Managua in Nicaragua. The company focuses on providing their international and domestic clientele with communities that feature first-rate amenities and infrastructure including underground utilities, paved streets and sidewalks. Gran Pacifica's primary demographic is North American Retirees and vacation homes in Nicaragua owners who enjoy living in a robust beach and golf community.

Topics: Healthcare in Nicaragua