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How To Get Free Travel And Lodging For A Diagnosis Or For Treatment

Free or Low Cost Lodging For Patients and Their Families

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For free or low cost lodging when traveling for a second opinion or for treatment, consider the following:

  • Free lodging
    • The American Cancer Society has free housing for patients and caregivers who travel for treatment in Hope Lodges in many cities. In addition to housing, the facilities feature communal kitchens, and activity rooms. They also have support services. There is no charge. Eligibility requirements vary by location. To find a Hope Lodge, offsite link or Tel.: 800.ACS.2345
    • American Cancer Society can also help patients find free rooms in private hotels through its resource finder offsite link
    • Free or discounted rooms are available at facilities run by the Healthcare Hospitality Network offsite link
    • Patients under the age of 21 and their families can find free lodging at Ronald McDonald House Charitie offsite links
    • Military families can find housing at Fisher Houses offsite link
  • Some states' Medicaid Programs pay for temporary lodging if a patient has to travel for treatment.
  • Many cancer centers have facilities for people who are staying for treatment for a period of time. Charges are low. If a center doesn't have its own facility, it likely has arrangements with nearby hotels or B and Bs so you can stay for a discounted price.
  • Many hotels offer discounted "medical rates.". Some even provide rooms for free.
  • Organizations that help find housing include the following:
    • The National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses helps patients and caregivers locate housing around the country. See: offsite link
    • Check the web site of Joes House: offsite link or call 877-563-7468. The organization lists options for patients and their families, from discounted hotel rooms to free apartments.
  • NOTE: Check your health insurance policy. It may provide travel and lodging benefits.

If You Are Considering Traveling Abroad For Diagnosis And/Or Treatment

Travel outside or inside the U.S. for medical reasons is known as Medical Tourism. To learn about Medical Tourism, click here.

For general information about travel for people with a health condition, including how to prepare, how to travel, and what to do at your destination(s), click here.

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