Many people travel to Kenya each year for business or to go on holiday. It’s a beautiful country on the shores of Lake Victoria, with mountains and thriving cities. Sadly, Kenya’s healthcare system is still in many ways below the quality of other industrialized nations. Kenya has been improving its health system over the last few decades, but it still has a lot of work to do.
One of the issues with the Kenyan medical system is a shortage of doctors, with only one doctor for every 10,000 people in the country. This, among other things, leads to conditions in which public healthcare workers are overworked while under-resourced. Growth opportunities are also scarce for medical personnel, leading to about 40% of graduating doctors going to other countries for work. That’s not to say though that there aren’t good medical centers in Kenya. Particularly in large urban areas such as Nairobi and Mombasa, private hospitals provide quality medical care. However, many people don’t have access to these hospitals due to location or income class.
Why would a Kenyan citizen want an air ambulance to another country?
Because of the difficulties of obtaining adequate medical care in Kenya, native residents might want to go to another country to receive higher quality care. They may also have family who have moved to another country, such as Great Britain, and wish to be closer to them during their treatment and recovery. If you need to travel outside of Kenya for medical treatment, taking an air ambulance can provide you with necessary care while on route.
Why would a foreign traveler need an air ambulance from Kenya to another country?
If you are traveling to Kenya, you should be aware of the available medical care in case of injury or serious illness, and you should be aware of medical transport options which can fly you to another country for care. While Kenya has many quality hospitals, your personal medical needs might be better met in another place with a more specialized practice or higher quality medical facilities. Communicating with medical staff while visiting another country can also be difficult regardless of how well you speak the language of the country. You may find it more desirable to return home where medical professionals speak your native language. Lastly, you might find it preferable to receive medical care closer to your support network of family and close friends. This can greatly mitigate the stress of a medical emergency. An air ambulance from Kenya can provide several benefits to your medical treatment and recovery.
Air ambulance in a private jet or commercial flight
Although many people travel on their own to receive medical care, the safest means of patient transport is with an air ambulance. Ambulance aircraft come in two forms, a private medical jet or space on a scheduled commercial flight while accompanied by medical personnel. The latter is usually the cheaper method of taking an air ambulance. Space can be reserved on a scheduled plane for your air ambulance if your condition is stable and you’re able to travel laying down. In this situation, seats will be removed to make room from a stretcher and screens will be erected to ensure your privacy. Medical staff will also be monitoring you during the flight and provide you with proper care.
Patients who can travel sitting upright and may need minimal care and monitoring can also travel on a regular Business Class seat accompanied by a doctor or paramedic who can provide emotional support during the flight and first-aid care if needed.
Taking a private ambulance jet equipped with modern medical equipment is another choice. This choice gives you the highest level of in-flight medical care and the shortest travel times but may not be necessary for patients in stable condition.
What air ambulance services will my insurance cover?
Each insurance plan and company approaches medical travel differently, with some covering most or all air ambulance services and others placing limitations on services they deem unnecessary. Before traveling, you should contact your insurance provider to determine which air ambulance services, if any, are covered under your current plan. If you don’t have coverage or only have minimal coverage, you may be able to add special coverage in addition to your plan. You can also contact the Medical Air Service team for help navigating your insurance policy and understanding which of our services are covered. Furthermore, we are always ready to organize your air ambulance transport, even if your insurance does not cover the costs.
How we calculate cost
Costs for air ambulances are unique for each situation. If your insurance doesn’t provide coverage or only partially covers air ambulance services, you’ll want to be aware of the different factors that go into calculating the costs. Each situation is calculated on an individual basis, and depends on several factors, including:
- The distance covered and route taken
- The patient’s state of health
- The number of friends and family accompanying the patient
- The type of air ambulance required
- The urgency of the transport
To discuss your air ambulance needs and to get a quote, contact us today.
Why book with Medical Air Service?
The Medical Air Service fleet of aircraft are well-equipped with the latest medical equipment and our experienced team of medical staff will ensure you have the care you need to travel safely and comfortably. Additionally, our tie-ups to major airports and smaller airfields give us the ability to offer you top-quality air ambulance service all over the world. We can even help you arrange ground transport and plan your travel to get you exactly where you need to go. Finally, while we aim to provide the best possible in-flight medical care, we also offer the most affordable prices for air ambulances services around the world.
Our team is available 24/7 for a free, no-obligation consultation, and is happy to advise you on your options when taking an air ambulance from Kenya. Please contact us: