Saving $$$ On Travel for Follow-Ups

Are you home? Really? Hooray!!!

And now for the follow-up appointments…

Your situations will vary, of course, but if you’re parenting a micropreemie, it’s likely that you will have a lot of follow-up appointments, especially in the first couple of months after discharge. Here are three things I would encourage you to look into to possibly save a little dough on the cost of making those trips:

  1. If you qualify for Medicaid (I recommended you check into that here), check into their transportation options. Our state program allows you to call and arrange for a ride to some appointments. Worth looking in to!
  2. If you’ve been approved for secondary insurance, call and ask about any reimbursement programs. Our state-funded insurance for children with special health care needs provides travel reimbursement for any medical appointments that require a 50+ mile round-trip drive. For us, that includes any appointment where we have to return to the hospital.
  3. Consolidate your appointments. In those early days, it was not uncommon for me to bounce from pulmonology to developmental pediatrics to radiology for a swallow study and on to opthamology. It was a LONG day, but it saved a lot in travel costs. Most receptionists are happy to work with what you’ve already scheduled; you just have to speak up.

What other suggestions do you have for saving money on this kind of travel?

For more frugal ideas, check out Frugal Friday hosted at Biblical Womanhood.

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