The goal of “Treatment Transport” is to impact anyone in need of getting to their cancer treatments and support services. We are working on numerous ways to help patients and their families with the challenges of reliable transportation.
A recent study by the National Cancer Institute revealed that costs for cancer care are expected to soar to $158 billion by the year 2020 – a staggering 27 percent increase. Experts attribute this to numerous causes, including increased cancer survival, a growing number of older Americans, and treatment advances. However, it’s not just the financial burdens of battling cancer that takes a toll on families, but the psychological and social burdens as well.
In a 2007 report written by the Institute of Medicine titled “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient,” psychosocial healthcare addresses the emotional and life challenges that can accompany a serious illness and prevent patients from being able to care for themselves. These instances may include the inability to pay for and receive healthcare or medications; skills addressing how to monitor and improve their health, and the lack of transportation to medical appointments, which is critical in gaining back physical and mental health.
Some of these problems were investigated in the Blue Hills Community Health Alliance CHNA 20 / Community Health Assessment Report 2011. In this report, numerous residents mentioned the need for transportation; access to affordable healthcare; counseling, and referral pathways to physicians.
In 2013, a review titled” Traveling towards disease: transportation barriers to health care access,” published in the Journal of Community Health found that around 25 percent of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled their appointments due to lack of transportation. The patients who reported issues with transportation also missed filling prescriptions more than twice as often as patients without that same problem.
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