Some Helpful Resources When Traveling to PRMA
By: Brandy (Korman) Haslam
Are there financial resources to help with the cost of travel for breast reconstruction?
Traveling can be stressful in general, but when you are traveling for surgery it is easy to be overwhelmed.
The good news is that there are plenty of resources available to make planning your trip easier and a little less expensive.
For those of you traveling from out of town or out of state, PRMA has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to offer free or discounted rates at local hotels. Once you are scheduled for your consult and/or surgery, we will complete all the necessary paperwork for you and forward it to the ACS.
This is a great option for those of you needing to stay for several days before or after surgery. Please note however, that the American Cancer Society offers these services on an availability basis, so always make back up plans just in case.
PRMA has also teamed up with local hotels as well to offer discounted rates for our patients. Click here to see the complete list of contracted hotels.
If you are coming from inside Texas and want to drive, but need a little financial assistance, the ACS can also help with that as well!
Other great news is that there is also assistance for those of you needing airfare. A few of these options include:
Angel Flights – A non-profit group helping patients from across the country with flight assistance.
Miracle Flights – Although it looks like it is just for kids when you click on the link, this program actually helps out adult patients traveling for surgery as well.
National Patient Travel – This unique program gathers information about your needs, income etc. and sets you up with an assistance program that will work for you.
All of these organizations will also pay for a caregiver, which you will need after surgery.
Another new program that has also been very beneficial for all patients, regardless of location, is Methodist Hospital’s nurse navigator program. The nurse navigators help patients through the treatment and surgical process every step of the way. If you are having surgery at Baptist Hospital, they also have a similar program.
As always, if you have any questions about surgery or need assistance with travel and lodging, you can contact our out of state patient liaison by email at [email protected]