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« on: March 16, 2017, 01:23:14 PM »

hello ,  people !

I am writing for my brother , he is on dialysis for a while , about 2 years . He is really desperate for traveling and/or vacation but we doesn’t have a lot of funds for it . Some companies provide dialysis cruises  but they over two thousand dollars plus the  price of the cruise  .  I found a local travel agency that organizes Dialysis Group tours . they employ dialysis technician and nurse . also bringing they own dialysis  mobile machines . 
have you guys heard anything like that ?
does anyone went to Mexico or Dominican Republic from continental US with a group ?
 can they be trusted ?
 Maybe you can recommend other companies or organizations that can help to organize the trip .
I know Davita helping , but they just providing support   , but not the actual dialysis .
Thanks a lot , any input would be appreciated .
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2017, 10:29:33 PM »

I've never heard of that before, but it sounds pretty cool..
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 12:35:15 AM »

You seem concerned about the co$t .... how are things going to work with this tour group if you can't afford the dialysis premium on a D cruise?
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 05:45:20 AM »

Cruise with dialysis total cost will be at least 3500 , dialysis at sea cost - $2,500 plus $1,000-$1,300 for a cruise .
the group all -inclusive to Mexico  tour 7 days is 1,200 plus 700-1,000$ depending on how many HD , it comes to %50 less than a cruise .
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2017, 09:28:17 AM »

Cruise with dialysis total cost will be at least 3500 , dialysis at sea cost - $2,500 plus $1,000-$1,300 for a cruise .
the group all -inclusive to Mexico  tour 7 days is 1,200 plus 700-1,000$ depending on how many HD , it comes to %50 less than a cruise .
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2017, 10:13:26 AM »

So far they organizing out of NY city , 10-15 goers , in May 2017 , destination Cancun . all- inclusive hotel and Marina .
probably can be arranged out of other parts of US
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2017, 10:27:43 PM »

Cruise with dialysis total cost will be at least 3500 , dialysis at sea cost - $2,500 plus $1,000-$1,300 for a cruise .
the group all -inclusive to Mexico  tour 7 days is 1,200 plus 700-1,000$ depending on how many HD , it comes to %50 less than a cruise .
When I travel internationally I usually pay about $125-$300 dollars per session. So three sessions could be had for about $900.  Except for say Montreal were it was $700-$800 per session. 

With a group of dialysis patients I would worry that you would spend a lot of time waiting for the hardest or longest to treat patients.  I've done various group tours (India, turkey, Greece) and you spend quite some time waiting for others.  Just imagine add overloading a clinic with more patients than they normally have, and expect to spend ever more time waiting. But if you had special needs like say wheel chair access it would be a huge help to have onsite help.
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I travel with my wife as a hobby and am on Dialysis, recent trips include Brussels.  We return to South Africa (Cape Town) in November 2016. I've also visited a few other US DaVita centers and have had good experiences.

I still owe a write-up for Montreal for October 2016.
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 09:12:53 AM »

I found a local travel agency that organizes Dialysis Group tours . they employ dialysis technician and nurse . also bringing they own dialysis  mobile machines
have you guys heard anything like that ?
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Thanks a lot , any input would be appreciated .

I don't know what that could be other than NxStage. In 2012 I was part of a group that took a cruise for a week through the western Caribbean, there were nine of us that used NxStage during the trip but these were our own machines that we use at home and brought with us. I would worry that what Maxchess is describing is incenter dialyzors using using NxStage as if it is the same as an incenter treatment, it doesn't work that way.

When I dialyzed incenter in Cancun in 2005 it was $330/treatment
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 08:52:12 PM »

This board (IHD) goes to Las Vegas every October.  It is fun.
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