With a little planning, you can absolutely travel for business or pleasure. All it takes is a little extra effort to make sure you can continue dialysis treatment while you’re away. To prepare, use this helpful travel checklist and talk to your dialysis nurse or social worker. Or simply contact Fresenius Kidney Care Patient Travel Services to handle the details for you.
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Call 1-866-434-2597 for assistance in planning your dialysis needs while traveling. We take care of researching dialysis centers and making appointments—so you can focus on enjoying your trip. Patient Travel Services is available Monday through Friday, from 8AM to 6PM, to book your treatment services at a center near your destination.
Will my dialysis treatment away from home be covered?
In many instances, yes—especially if you’re traveling in the US. Call your insurance provider and ask for details about your kidney care and dialysis travel coverage to make sure—and find out what information you’ll need to take with you. Many times, you will be able to continue your dialysis treatments on the go, so you won’t need to cut your trip short.GET HELP WITH TRAVEL DIALYSIS PLANNING
Some health insurance plans will cover dialysis outside the US, but you may have to pay out of pocket for international dialysis treatment and work it into your travel budget. It’s important to know that Medicare will pay for dialysis in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. It will not pay for dialysis outside the US except in the case of an emergency.
What to pack and how to plan
Getting ready to take off? Here are some things you’ll want to take on your trip or plan for:
Medications—pack enough of each medication to last you through your trip, as well as a few extra day's worth in case of an unexpected delay.
Home Dialysis Supplies—make sure you pack everything you’ll need for treatment—and bring a few extra days’ worth. Ask your dialysis nurse if you have questions about what to take—and discuss airline guidelines for traveling with medical equipment and solutions if you’re flying.
Other Medical Supplies—make a list as you run through your daily routine so you don’t forget anything you need.
Personal Info—be sure to pack these essentials:
- ID card
- Insurance card
- Emergency contact information
- Phone numbers and email addresses for your doctor and social worker
Medical Info—be sure to pack these essentials:
- Medication and allergy lists
- Phone numbers, email addresses and location information for dialysis centers you plan to visit
- Dialysis treatment and kidney care instructions
- Phone number for free Fresenius Kidney Care Patient Travel Services
Have a backup plan
Sometimes you can plan everything perfectly and still get thrown a curveball. Talk to your doctor about what to do in case something unexpected happens while you’re away from home—and let your travel companions know how to help. If you run into challenges, call your doctor or social worker for guidance. You can also call Fresenius Kidney Care Patient Travel Services at 1-866-434-2597, Option 2, Monday through Friday, from 8am to 6pm.