Getting sick or injured while traveling can mean wasting precious vacation days. That's bad news for the 86 percent of Americans who plan on taking a trip this summer. The good news: More airports are now offering on-site health care. Whether you're suffering from seasonal allergies, have a sprain from lifting heavy luggage, or feel the first signs of a cold or flu coming on, you can ease symptoms while waiting for your flight.
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Like a typical doctor's office, most airport medical facilities have a waiting area and exam room with x-ray services and vaccinations available. They're staffed by a physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. While most of these centers don't offer prescription meds on site, the medical personnel can write you a prescription and some are even open 24 hours. Your insurance should cover much of the visit. If you're paying out of pocket, an exam by a physician with lab tests and a written prescription should cost you about $105.
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While a company called Airport Medical Offices offers medical care at New York's JFK and New Jersey's Newark international airports, Concentra Urgent Care now has more than a dozen medical centers at airports nationwide. Airports include:
·Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
·Memphis International Airport (MEM)
·Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
·Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
·Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
·Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
·Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
·Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
·Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
·Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
·Houston Hobby Airport (HOU)
·Portland International Airport (PDX)
·Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
·Portland International Jetport (PWM)
·Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
·Romulus/Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
·Louisville International Airport (SDF)
·San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
·Manchester Boston Regional Airport (MHT)
·Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Have you ever gotten sick or injured while traveling and needed medical care at the airport?
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