Medical Transportation Services
What Kinds of Programs are Offered?
There are various private- or government-funded organizations offering programs that help with costs associated with transportation for individuals with specific diagnoses or conditions that have no other means to pay. These programs provide trips to and from scheduled medical appointments, return trips from hospital emergency rooms, transfers between hospitals, trips to the pharmacy, rides to your local grocery store, family events, etc. Besides helping with costs, these programs also remove transportation barriers, prevent missed medical appointments, provide stretcher, wheelchair, walk-on and door-to-door transportation assistance. Some services are free of charge. Others are covered by your medical insurance or accept private pay. Most programs have some type of eligibility requirements, usually financial ones. Some cover one specific diagnosis, while others cover an entire category (such as all types of cancers) or even all chronic medical illnesses.
The most common types of transportation services available include, but are not limited to: medical shuttle, paratransit (available where public transportation is not), public transportation (passes/tokens), taxi, wheelchair van or accessible vehicle, commercial bus and air travel, Uber and Lyft services, ferry tickets, gas vouchers, client and volunteer mileage reimbursement.
Additionally, some of these programs may offer other types of assistance, for example, access to lodging, medications and medical supplies, insurance co-payment and premiums assistance, child or respite care, etc.
These Transportation programs may cover many types of expenses, including drugs, insurance co-pays, office visits, transportation, nutrition, medical supplies, child or respite care.
How to Search for Medical Transportation Programs
The programs are sorted in three ways:
Tips for Searching for Medical Transportation
In most cases, it's best to search by the type of diagnosis. Because programs are listed in several ways, it's important to know how to find all the programs that can help you:
- First, look for your specific diagnosis (e.g. "Breast Cancer"). If your specific diagnosis isn't listed then:
- Look under the general category for your diagnosis (e.g. Cancer All).
- Look also under the most general category (e.g. "Chronic, Serious or Life-Threatening Illness").
- When you click on a diagnosis, you may also notice other suggestions of categories to look under at the top of the program listings.
As of 11/23/2017, we have information on 2373 programs.
As of 11/23/2017, we have information on 70 Transportation programs.
If your organization helps people with the costs of a medical transportation services, we will add it to the website. Please fill out and submit the online Program Information Form below:
Complete the Add a Program Information Form.