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Old 02-29-2008, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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My father was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Unfortunately, his pelvis was affected, limiting his ability to walk. His left femoral neck was pinned. He has a pathologic fracture in the right humerus that was treated with an intramedullary rod. He is an inpatient.

He lives in South Carolina and I want him to move to Jacksonville, FL to continue care. I need to speak to his case manager to determine the accepting hospital, if any are available.

He is retired military above 65.

What are our options regarding transport from one state to another? Is this covered under Medicare, Tricare or the Veterans administration? If not, how much would this cost to pay for it myself?
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:24 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Hopefully you can get the answers you need.

Usually if you go to the medicare site, there are places you can look for the info. When my dad was sick I remember looking up things like nursing homes just in case.

Do you have his medicare number and has he set up the information online?

good luck.
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Medicare does not cover non-emergency medical transport, with the exception of stretcher transportation to renal dialysis.
There are different veterans' plans; you would need to call the customer service number on his card to find out, but I would bet anything it won't be covered.
What sort of transportation does he need? How many hours is the ride? Can he transfer in and out of the vehicle safely? Can he sit up for such a long ride? Will he need to sit in a wheelchair, or can he sit in a regular car seat? Or will he need stretcher transportation? Does he need a medical attendent, or a nurse with him? The answers to these questions will determine the sort of provider you need. Also be aware, there are companies that will fly a disabled person to where ever they are going. It is not necessarily more expensive than vehicle transport, believe it or not.
I would count on paying $800 - $5000, depending on the sort of transportation he needs.
If he can sit up for the journey, it may be cheaper to rent a suitable vehicle, and do the driving yourself.
Best of luck.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I have a brochure for a company called Federal Air Ambulance. I have no idea if they are good, have never used them before. They will fly the patient to where ever they need to go. Their website is Welcome to Federal Air Ambulance (broken link), phone number 1-800-821-0541.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Call your local ambulance service to find out who does long distance transports in the area. There are plenty of companies that do it.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have a friend who is a paramedic, he said a transfer of that distance would cost around $2000. In your case you would need to find an ambulance service that is authorized to travel in SC, GA, and FL.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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If he could use a wheelchair van type of service (I know that's probably doubtful considering his condition), it would be considerably cheaper. Nonemergency ambulance transport in a non-medically necessary case is not generally reimbursed, although I am not too familiar with veteran's plans. My DH is a paramedic and said that it would be at least a $3000 to $4000 trip around here for a similar distance transport.
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Southern Ca
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fly. too long a trip and maybe too expensive to drive. fly.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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It is going to cost about $4k.

One company was $8.50/mile + 400 USD. Another was $7.32/mile + 370+ USD.

I hope they take shortcuts to save me a few hundred bucks.
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Southern Ca
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how much to fly?? think of the travelers comfort....
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