Being diagnosed with cancer sucks! Treatments suck even more! Then in additional to all that many people have to find flights and stay in very expensive hotels during treatment and follow up PET Scans. Well, I actually have some good news!
Many hotels offer a medical discount if you are a patient going in for treatment or follow up exams. For most of my treatment I was either in the hospital or staying at my Grandmothers house in Boston. I was very fortunate to have a family member who lived near my cancer center. However, Grandma got sick this year and had to move out of the city and now lives with my fabulous aunt in Texas. This means I have no place to stay when I have early morning exams at Dana Farber.
I fly from Florida up to Boston whenever I need to see my doctors. My parents live in Massachusetts but about 2 1/2 hours away from Dana Farber. This time around I have a PET scan at 8 am and that means I would have to leave my parents home at 5 the latest and then complete a long day of exams then drive 2 1/2 hours back to Western Mass.....not something I think my body can handle. So for the first time I need to stay at a hotel.
Hotels in Boston are extremely expensive, not to mention there is a huge event in the city that week. I'm not in town to "party" or site see I'm there to do something I don't enjoy at all. The last thing I want to do is pay several hundred dollars to stay at a hotel so I can go to doctors appointments all day. So I started calling around and asked if people had any special rates for patients of Dana Farber.....Can you believe it they all said YES!
The Double Tree in Boston is normally $190 but with the discount is $159
The Best Western in Boston is normally $214 but with the discount is $159
The Ramada in Boston is normally $84 but with the discount is $79
The discounts aren't HUGE and honestly I think they could do a little better for those who are undergoing treatment BUT it is something. So if you are traveling to receive treatments at a hospital or cancer center and need to stay in a hotel be sure to ask if they have a medical rate.
Posted by Meaghan on Wednesday, March 17, 2010