In addition to the cost associated with the treatment of prostate cancer or any cancer is the cost of transportation to receive treatment. For most patients the treatments are provided locally. Many others who must travel great distances to receive treatment necessary for their survival find the cost of travel prohibitive. Many organizations have developed programs to provide assistance for the needed cancer treatments. The Education and Best Practices Committee has compiled the following list of such aid. While not inclusive we feel that patients who need travel assistance can benefit from this list.
AA&MDSIF Patient Travel Fund is a fund that provides up to $500 per family for travel expenses to clinical trials. For more information call 800-747-2820.
Air Care Alliance links patients with various free flight programs. Call 888-260-9707 for further information.
Air Life Line has provides individuals with access to healthcare through a network of over 1,500 volunteer pilots. For additional information go to the Air Life Line website, or call 800-446-1231.
Amtrak Downeaster offers a discount for medical travel. This allows one patient and a friend or family member to travel to medical appointments for $10.00 one-way or $20.00 round-trip per person. Valid on all trains Monday-Friday. Travel must start in Maine and end in Woburn or Boston. This discount is not available through the internet or Quik-Trak kiosk; a reservation must be made at a staffed Amtrak station or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. A valid photo I.D. is required when purchasing tickets and while traveling.
Angel Flight America provides patients and their families with free transportation to medical treatment in small private airplanes. This outreach is in all 50 states. Call 800-446-1231 for more information.
Angel Flights for Veterans provides free or greatly reduced rate long distance transportation to medical treatment for patients who need to travel to distant locations for specialized evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment. Angel Flight Veterans services veterans and active duty military personnel and their families. For more information go to the Angel Flight Veterans website.
Corporate Angel Network arranges for travel for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate jets. Eligibility is open to all cancer patients who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling. For more information go to the Corporate Angel Network website, or call 866-328-1313.
Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA) is dedicated to serving people in situations of compelling human need through the provision of charitable air transportation. For more information call 1-888-675-1405.
National Patient Travel Center provides information about long-distance medical air transportation through charities. For further information call 800-296-1217.
National Patient Travel Hotline provides information about charitable, long-distant medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air network. To find out more go to the National Patient Travel Hotline website, or call 800-296-1217.
Volunteer Pilots Association (VPA) provides air transportation to needy people who must travel to obtain medical treatment. Patients must be able to enter and exit the aircraft with minimal assistance and do not require medical attention during the flight. For more information go to the Volunteer Pilots Association (VPA) website, or call 412-221-1374.
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