More MS news articles for May 2002

Free air travel for medical needs

InsideMS, Winter 2002, Vol. 20, Issue 1

You’ve been referred to an MS treatment program, but it’s hundreds of miles away. You can’t afford the airfare and a full day or more on the bus is equally undoable. Where can you turn?

Mercy Medical Airlift, a non-profit organization founded 20 years ago by pilot and plane-owner Ed Boyer, helps to provide and make referrals for free air transportation for people who cannot afford to get to distant medical centers and disease-specific clinical centers. Eligibility is determined by a number of factors, including income, medical necessity, and normal cost of transportation.

People who are fully ambulatory and need to travel less than 1,000 miles may be eligible for Mercy’s Angel Flight Program, which transports people via small, four- and six-passenger, propeller-driven craft. People who use a wheelchair, and/or are traveling 1,000 miles or more, can get referrals to commercial airlines and other organizations offering free flights or flights with significantly reduced fares.

If you would like to find out more about Mercy Medical Airlift, the Angel Flight Program, or other potential sources of charitable medical air travel, contact Mercy’s National Patient Travel Center at their toll-free number, 800-296-1217, or go to their Web site:

© 2002 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society