Not everyone is lucky enough to live close to a state-of-the-art treatment facility for mesothelioma. Here in Washington state, both the Swedish Medical Center’s Cancer Institute and the University of Washington Medical Center have mesothelioma specialists, but the rest of the state has no expert providers. But neither Idaho nor Oregon have recognized specialists that are experts in mesothelioma treatment.
If you live in an area where there is no mesothelioma specific facility or practice, you may have to travel to get the treatment you need. Depending on how far away you are from a decent facility, this may mean significant travel expenses. Some patients have to drive long distances, some have to fly and many incur lodging expenses plus meals and other travel costs. This can quickly add up to more than you can reasonably afford.
When we pursue a mesothelioma claim on behalf of an asbestos exposure victim, the cost of medical treatment, including travel costs are part of the suit. This means that once the claim is settled, you’ll be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid out. But in the meantime, you must aggressively pursue treatment so this means you’ll be out of pocket.
You have to contact the Meso Foundation directly at (877) 363-6376 extension 3820 for details. You must have financial need to qualify. If this grant isn’t a match for you, the Meso Foundation also recommends some other resources that may be able to help you. Here’s a quick rundown of these additional resources, what they offer and how to find out more to see if you can get the help you need.
The Corporate Angel Network allows cancer patients to fly for free in empty seats on corporate jets. They arrange more than 3,000 flights per year. Patients must be ambulatory (able to move about) and must not require medical care during transportation to qualify. Click here to find out more.
LifeLine Pilots is a network of pilots who donate their time and cover the cost of flight expenses for those in need of transportation for medical reasons. Patients must be ambulatory, able to fly in a non-pressurized aircraft and have financial need. Click here to apply for services or get more info.
Mercy Medical offers commercial flights over 750 miles, private air service for less than 750 miles, bus or train service or gas cards to supplement driving expenses for trips less than 300 miles for those who need transport for medical care and have financial need. Click here to request assistance.
Joe’s House helps cancer patients find discounted or free lodging for cancer patients who must travel to receive treatment. Some are commercial hotels, some are private facilities and some are facilities that specifically cater to cancer patients. A number of these facilities are free.
Hope Lodge is a program run by the American Cancer Society. There are 31 around the country, but none in the Pacific Northwest at this time. If you are seeking treatment in other areas, click here for a list of facilities.
Road to Recovery is also sponsored by the American Cancer Society and offers transportation to treatment appointments.
If you are struggling to pay for transportation costs associated with your mesothelioma treatments, please explore these resources to see if you can obtain assistance.
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