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    There is a new pharmacy with walk-in clinic at "The Cove", on Palm Beach, next to Tony Roma's and across from Che Bar. We used it 2 weeks ago, when hubs had a mild allergic reaction to something. Nice doctor on site, easy walk over from Playa LInda, waited maybe 15 mins to see her, she diagnosed him right away and wrote prescription, which was filled immediately and he was out the door all around 30 mins total. The Dr. visit was $50 US and the prescriptions totaled around $13. Cheaper than our copay at home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kemperato View Post
    There is a new pharmacy with walk-in clinic at "The Cove", on Palm Beach, next to Tony Roma's and across from Che Bar. We used it 2 weeks ago, when hubs had a mild allergic reaction to something. Nice doctor on site, easy walk over from Playa LInda, waited maybe 15 mins to see her, she diagnosed him right away and wrote prescription, which was filled immediately and he was out the door all around 30 mins total. The Dr. visit was $50 US and the prescriptions totaled around $13. Cheaper than our copay at home!
    That's nuts...... our system in the USA is sooooo......... screwed up....!

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    here is the link for the urgent care
    http://www.urgentcare.aw/main/

    as others have said the ER at the hospital is very adequate.
    i would recommend the ER over urgent care as they will be able to run an IV with pain meds if necessary.

    the hospital WILL charge you a lump deposit...maybe $250 and then either credit $ back to your credit card or debit more $ if you needed more care.

    whatever you do, please get your receipts in English.



    i hope that you DO NOT need medical care while you are on vacation.
    be well!


    Quote Originally Posted by Kayran View Post
    So - I am two days away from leaving - and the xray shows the kidney stone is still sitting there - i feel okay - and am coming anyway - but thought this would be a good place to ask about medical care SHOULD i need it. It would only be in an emergency - i'm sure I'll be fine - but are there any suggestions? Thank you!

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    I don't think I ever walked out of the ER without a bill under $1,000 in the US. Since we are going to be in Aruba for 10 weeks next year, we priced out our meds(I I have a prescription plan at home) and some of the meds are cheaper without the plan in Aruba than with my plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymom23 View Post
    I had to use the hospital once when I was there. I had strep throat (unbeknownst to me at the time and the frozen drinks were not help no matter how much I tried!!) The hotel suggested the hospital as it was close by. Off I went and must say it was a pleasant experience in the ER. I only had to wait a short time and a very nice doctor took very good care of me. I had to get a prescription and unfortunately the pharmacy there was closed by that point. We hopped in a cab and they took me to a pharmacy, waited while I got my prescription and took me back to the hotel in time for our dinner reservation. One tablet of my z-pac and I was ready to go again. It was 7-8 years ago but I think the total charge for the ER was $55.00 - can you image what they would have been in the US and I probably would have been here for hours. The prescription was only a few dollars and I think the cab ride was $20 - all in all a very good experience. I hope the kidney stone behaves itself and you can enjoy your vacation!

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    Thanks - i feel so much better just knowing there are options. My ER bill here for 5 - 6 hours - is already at a$3700 - just my portion - but hey....at least I've met my deductible now! Just one day away!!!! Every day - i say....'next week at this time, I'll be sitting on Eagle Beach....ahhhh...' -
    Again - i very much appreciate

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    Kayran, hope you get feeling better real quick. The information on medical care if needed was indeed helpful. Thank you to all you provided this. You never know when you will need care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    here is the link for the urgent care
    http://www.urgentcare.aw/main/

    as others have said the ER at the hospital is very adequate.
    i would recommend the ER over urgent care as they will be able to run an IV with pain meds if necessary.

    the hospital WILL charge you a lump deposit...maybe $250 and then either credit $ back to your credit card or debit more $ if you needed more care.

    whatever you do, please get your receipts in English.



    i hope that you DO NOT need medical care while you are on vacation.
    be well!
    Thanks Andrea, very helpful..will keep that information handy. Last trip, I got swept and fell on my wife due to an unexpected large wave. She tore her ACL and was in pain all the time we were there. Even considered an early return home. I nursed her with topical and OTC pain meds from superfoods, she recovered and felt better so we stayed the whole duration. We are going again in June and I have told her to stay in front of me when we are in the water. LOL

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    We got back on Saturday- and I am so sad to be home. We absolutely loved Aruba and the Eagle Beach area. Paradise Beach Villas was so quiet -and very nice - not fancy - but clean -and everyone we met was friendly and helpful. We loved Passions on the Beach and Las Ramblas, and Pelican's Nest - and the Tiki Hut and Terrazini (?) restaurant at PBV were excellent. I can see why so many people just go over and over again. Can't wait to plan another trip! We enjoyed the shopping and fun around the Playa Linda - but were very happy to go back to the quiet.
    Thank you to everyone for the tips and info - fortunately no medical issues...yayyyy!

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    wonderful
    thanks

    when is the next aruba trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kayran View Post
    We got back on Saturday- and I am so sad to be home. We absolutely loved Aruba and the Eagle Beach area. Paradise Beach Villas was so quiet -and very nice - not fancy - but clean -and everyone we met was friendly and helpful. We loved Passions on the Beach and Las Ramblas, and Pelican's Nest - and the Tiki Hut and Terrazini (?) restaurant at PBV were excellent. I can see why so many people just go over and over again. Can't wait to plan another trip! We enjoyed the shopping and fun around the Playa Linda - but were very happy to go back to the quiet.
    Thank you to everyone for the tips and info - fortunately no medical issues...yayyyy!

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    Andrea - I hope within the next year - currently planning a short cruise next summer for my daughters birthday - but as soon as possible!!

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