Medical Care in Nicaragua

Posted by Mike Cobb on May 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM


One question that many people looking to move to Gran Pacifica ask is, “How is the medical care in Nicaragua?”  This is a very prudent question to ask, especially for those who already have health problems to consider.  Luckily the answer is simple and positive: Medical care in Nicaragua is of the highest quality. 

The Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas is truly a world-class facility that offers state-of-the-art services, and provides both general and specialized care.  If you have an emergency, you will find ample, clean accommodations.  If you need a checkup, you can receive that service as well, along with the convenience of all diagnostic procedures being performed in house.

The moment you arrive, you will be impressed by the facilities and the prompt, friendly service.  You will instantly recognize the attention to detail that you’ve come to expect from the best North American hospitals, and you can be assured that medical care in Nicaragua is held to very high standards of sanitation, education, and equipment. 

All of this sounds like it would be pretty expensive, right?  In the US, sure.  Medical bills there are the #1 cause of bankruptcy.  Here in Nicaragua, medical care costs are a fraction of US prices, and the Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas maintains standards that surpass many held by US hospitals. 

For most common procedures, whether they be minor or serious surgery, the cost of the round-trip flight in addition to that of the procedure remains far lower than prices in the US.  A full knee replacement, for instance, costs less than $15,000 in Nicaragua.  Compare this to the average $49,000 cost in the US and you can see why medical tourism in Nicaragua is on the rise.  And those doctor’s fees that can add up to $7,500 to your final bill in the US?  They’re included in the cost of the surgery in Nicaragua. 

There is so much more to say about medical care in Nicaragua, so make sure you stay tuned for our interview with Arlen Pérez, head of Medical Tourism at Hospital Metropolitano Vivan Pellas, where we will quote you the prices of various procedures, discuss insurance, and get even more information about services offered.

Find out more about living and retiring in Nicaragua.


Mike Cobb

Written by Mike Cobb

In 1996, Michael K. Cobb and his business partner formed a company, Exotic Caye International, to provide loans to North Americans purchasing properties in Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and throughout the region. With a strong focus on consumer need, Mr. Cobb accurately predicted the growing demand for high quality, residential product for North American "baby boomer" retirees in the region. He led the group into real estate development and created a holding company called ECI Development for several properties, including a resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Michael speaks at dozens of international conferences annually about offshore real estate finance, development, and ownership. He was a consultant to The Oxford Club, hosted a weekly radio program, contributes regularly to overseas publications, sits on the board of several international companies, gives counsel to various real estate projects throughout Central America, and serves on the Board of Directors and the President’s Advisory Group for the National Association of Realtors, NAR.

Topics: Healthcare in Nicaragua