Many patients find themselves desperately wanting to get well, but struggling with how they will pay for or get to and from treatment, or how they will meet needs that will allow them to be medically safe at home. For instance, more than 60 percent of patients live at least 30 minutes away from the facility at which they will receive treatment. Some families travel two hours or more for cancer care. Finding reliable transportation is a constant challenge. This is especially difficult when patients need to visit many times a week, or every day. Unfortunately, some patients will not finish their treatment because of transportation issues.
Other patients remain in the hospital due to lack of resources to allow them to return home safely or are not able to follow doctors’ orders at home for a complete recovery due to financial hardship. Having the capacity to follow a physician’s ordered diet, purchase equipment, or even have basic utilities for a safe home environment are a struggle for many individuals.
With your help, the ARH Patient Assistance Fund can help these patients put their minds to rest and focus only on getting well. Your donation directly affects the life and health of the neediest individuals in our service area.