Travel & Housing Assistance
Sometimes cancer treatment is not given close to home. Several organizations and programs have been developed to help alleviate the financial costs associated with travel and/or housing in locations far from home. In addition to the resources below, many treatment centers have short-term housing centers or discount programs set up with nearby motels and hotels. Ask your clinic social worker or oncology nurse as they will have suggestions for low-cost housing during hospital or clinic treatment.
For those who have Medicaid, you are entitled to help with travel to medical centers and doctors’ offices for treatment. This may take the form of payment or being paid back (reimbursed) for gas, payment of bus fare, or may mean using a vanpool. County departments of social services in each state arrange for help with transportation, but families must ask for it by talking to their Medicaid case-worker.
National Patient Travel Center
The purpose of the National Patient Travel Center is to ensure that no financially-
needy patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical air transportation. The NPTC exists to facilitate patient access to appropriate charitable medical air transportation resources in the United States. The NPTC also exists to develop, administer and consolidate airline patient ticket programs and to operate various Special-Lift programs on behalf of special disease organizations and/or clinical research centers in the United States.
Patient Airlift Services (PALS)
Patient AirLift Services uses a network of volunteer pilots to arrange free air transportation based on need to individuals requiring medical care and for other humanitarian purposes. Individuals who utilize PALS have limited financial resources or are receiving diagnosis, treatment or follow-up for various types of acute or chronic illnesses or conditions that make it either financially impossible or otherwise infeasible to use public commercial or private charter transportation.
Corporate Angel Network
Corporate Angel Network is the only charitable organization in the USA whose sole mission is to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers, using the empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business.
National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses
The National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. is a non-profit corporation serving facilities that provide lodging and other supportive services to patients and their families when confronted with medical emergencies. Each facility assures that a homelike environment is provided to persons who must travel to be with a patient or to receive necessary outpatient care.
Joe's House was created by Ann W Calahan in memory of her late husband Joe who battled cancer for six years, being treated in different states. Joe's House website lists thousands of places to stay across the country near hospitals and treatments centers that offer a discount for traveling patients and their loved ones.