Non-urgent patient transport

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Air ambulances help transfer patients from one place to another. Most of the time, people require the usage of air ambulance in an emergency where there is a life-threatening medical condition or someone with a specific medical need has to be transferred. But you may also require a non-emergency patient transport service. For instance, you have been travelling and you have met with an accident or developed some medical condition. After being initially assessed at a local hospital you may wish to return to your home country where your friends and family are. Presence of loved ones at such a time is vital for quick and effective recovery of a patient. You may want to return because you do not understand the language, you are lonely, you have a particular medical appointment to go to or you want to be treated by your own physician. In these cases, you might for a non-emergency patient transport service. 

Patient boarding a plane

How does an air ambulance work?

An air ambulance can be a fixed wing plane like a private jet or a commercial plane, or a helicopter. This special aircraft is equipped with specialized medical equipment that ensures that each and every one of your medical needs is met during the transit. This medically fortified plane ensures that passengers get proper medical attention in a timely manner. This in turn makes sure that you can travel long distances without worrying about your health. Air ambulances also enable transport to and from remote areas.

In these flights, medical equipment with health monitoring capabilities helps a highly trained professional team to keep a check on passenger’s health. Along with highly trained medical personnel, the carrier has emergency medications and drugs that a patient may need mid-flight.

What are the modes of medical repatriation?

Air ambulances come in many forms. Chief among them are ambulance jets and scheduled airliners. The mode of transport would depend upon the needs and flight route of the passenger. For small distances even helicopters can be used. For medium and long distances, jets and airliners are utilized by the patient transport service. 

Medical repatriation by ambulance jet

Ambulance jets can be used no matter where you are located at the moment. It is also better to use the private jet if the patient’s condition is critical, he requires intensive care and he needs to get to a hospital as soon as possible. These private jets are equipped with highly specialized medical facilities. There are experienced healthcare professionals present on the flight. These planes can quickly transport individuals who are sick from one location to another. There is also the option of having carers or travel companions. In some cases, your loved ones can travel with you to your destination. These jets are commonly used for urgent transports.

Medical repatriation by a scheduled airliner

This mode of patient transfer is ideal if the passenger is in a non-life-threatening situation. It is the cheapest way to fly someone from one location to another. This is the ideal way for non-emergency patient transport if he is stable enough and has mobility. Due to the abundant flights being available nowadays, this can ensure that you travel fast and safe to your destination. However, it is not recommended to use connecting flights as changing planes can be too much of a burden for the patient.

An important question while booking commercial flights is whether the patient would be comfortable or not. A commercial flight on a scheduled airliner can be used to transport non-critical patients. In such flights, our patient transport service offers two options. 

  • on a stretcher
  • Sitting upright in business class

This is a decision that has to be made before booking the flight. It depends on your current health. You will be accompanied by a doctor or a paramedic in each case. If you choose to lie down, stretchers can be easily accommodated in commercial flights by removing a row of seats in the cabin. Otherwise, eligible patients can just sit in their seat and travel comfortably.

Will my insurance cover the expenses of non-urgent medical repatriation?

Most insurance providers – be it private companies or your employer’s insurance provider – would not cover non emergency patient transport. Different insurance companies have different eligibility criteria when it comes to the travel costs of a medical evacuation. It is important to understand your health policy when you sign it. Even if the medical evacuation is covered, you may be liable to pay some amount of the expenses. If you are unsure, before booking the flight, contact your health insurance administrator and ask about what air ambulances are covered under your plan and what kind of services are paid for. If these costs for non-emergency patient transport are not covered, you will have to pay out-of-pocket.

What will air ambulance cost me without my insurance?

There are several factors which contribute to the costs of medical evacuation. These factors can include:

  • The type of aircraft required for evacuation
  • The distance to be covered
  • The health status of the patient
  • The number of accompanying persons
  • The urgency of the request

Despite these factors, we aim to give you a comfortable and easy on pocket experience when travelling with us. Feel free to contact us for a booking or for a consultation, free of charge, at any time, day or night.

Why go for non-urgent patient transport with Medical Air Service?

Medical Air Service is your go-to option in case of any medical situation requiring air assistance. It also offers reliable and safe non-emergency patient transport services. A few of the major characteristics which make Medical Air Service the best air medical transport service for both urgent and non-urgent patient transport are as follows:

  • Our aircraft and helicopters are ready to assist you at any time.
  • We are able to not only approach large international airports but also many smaller airfields in your proximity, thereby minimizing the need for ground transportation.
  • Our transport services include pickup from the hospital, transfer to the airport, accompanying you in your flight to your destination, and transfer to the treatment centre of your choice.
  • We provide medical travel services around the world – be it small towns or metropolitan cities.
  • Our services are affordable and at market competitive rates.
  • We have decades of medical aviation experience, and we operate under ISO 9001 standards.
  • We do not believe in intermediaries, when it comes to flights or even call assistance. We are a contractual air carrier, so we can provide immediate support.

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