Thanks for the very nice trip report and glad your son was feeling better and was able to enjoy the vacation also.
I also visited Dr. Habibe during my visit to Aruba last Oct. We arrived on a Fri. and Sat. a.m. I woke up with a very sore throat and congestion. I knew I was coming down with a sinus infection. After a few days I knew I had to see a dr. LaCabana sent me to Dr. Habibe. I was told on the phone that he does not accept credit cards or checks, cash only. I didn't care at that point. He was very nice and the first question he asked me was "do you smoke". Well, no I didn't, then he asked, "do you go to the casinos"? Well, yes I do. He said, "don't go to the casino, it is not good for you and you will save a lot of money"! He also said don't go in the pool because of the chlorine and stay out of the sun!! He directed us to the pharmacy across the street and I picked up antibiotics, something like a claritin and told me to use Vicks Vapor Rub in a steam tent. With his advise and meds I was on my way to recovery and enjoyed my vacation again.
It is so reassuring to know that there are doctors there in Aruba if you need them. I am also told that the hospital in Aruba is also very well staffed.
I am writing this name down - just in case. A few years ago I arrived in Aruba with a very bad sore throat. I just assumed it was just that and went to the gift shop to get something. The ladies gave me all sorts of home remedies that unfortunately didn't work. I asked at the front desk for a doctor and then sent me to the hospital since it was after 5pm. What a great experience! Although it was pretty crowded, I was seen within an hour (something that would never happen at home). The doctor said it was strep, gave me an antibiotic and explained to me that the only pharmacy open was on the other side of the island. They called a cab for us and off we went. The driver took us to the pharmacy and waited for us. We were back at the Divi in time for our dinner reservation and I was feeling much better by the next morning. I tell everyone about our wonderful hospital experience in Aruba!
Boca Prins, Mangel Halto & just about any spot with my little family.
If we weren't able to see Dr. Habibe after all, we were going to go to the hospital but we were so fearful that it would be like the ER here...a 5 hr ordeal! We really lucked out. The entire visit was so nice and inexpensive that it isn't even cost-effective for me to fight with my insurance co for reimbursment. I would MAYBE get $15 back of the $85 total I spend for the office visit and meds...and spend countless hours dealing with them?? NO thanks.