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No Car, No Problem!

If you have hepatitis C and don’t drive, it might have presented some problems for you. In addition to your regular errands, like grocery shopping, there may be a lot of doctor’s office visits. Some doctors like to have lab tests done frequently, especially if you are on hepatitis C treatment. No car – No problem. There are many options available to you. See if any of these modes of transportation can work for your next medical appointment.

Medical Transportation

Ask if your clinic offers a ride or knows of a ride share program. While your personal primary care may not have that service available, a large clinic might. It’s important to ask. They may know a group within their building who offers a van ride for dialysis patients. If it’s on your route, you can catch a ride.

Community Services

One of the best places to start would be with your local chamber of commerce. You can find out what is available for car pooling in your area. Some senior centers are in the know about local rides. If you can attend a group lunch at a center that is open to the public, there may be information. Let them know you need to get blood drawn while you are on treatment for HCV.

Volunteer Driving

In most communities there are local churches who provide a ride to anyone who needs it. Many of the drivers volunteer their time and gas money to help others. At one time, I was part of a group who drove a man to the doctor every week for a few months. He came to my church and asked for help. A few of us took turns to make sure he got the medical care he needed.

Public Transportation

Most major cities have a busline that crosses the metropolitan area. Some even go into the edge of suburbs. You can find this type of transportation online. By looking carefully at the maps, you will be able to decide which route to take. If you have a handicap that requires the use of a wheelchair or walker, you need to check to see if they have ramps ahead of time. It’s wise to be sure you can get the assistance needed.


This method is helpful if you don’t live in town. It will be the most expensive. You may use it to get to public transportation. If you have the money, take it all the way. If you live in a suburb, ask around and see if any of your neighbors are going into town. Maybe you can share a cab fare. One of the advantages is that you don’t have to do any lifting of bags. You will also get personal help with items like a cane or walker. This is nice when you are tired, anemic, and going in for a blood count test.

Personal Taxi

Services like Uber have popped up in every city. They will serve one person or an entire group. Most of them have phone apps where you can get the information you need to ask for a ride. I suggest you use caution when calling for a ride this way. Listen to your common sense before you get in the car with a stranger. I have friends who are drivers and they say it’s a cheap and safe way to travel.

Whether you are getting your viral load checked or starting Hepatitis C treatment, it’s vital to keep all of your appointments. No car No problem when you check out all the ways you can find to get the medical care you need.

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