Air ambulances work as any other ambulance and help transfer patients from one place to another. Most of the time, users require the usage of air ambulance in an emergency where there is a life-threatening medical condition or simply to transfer a patient. But you may also require non-urgent patient transport if you have been travelling and 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, or you want to be treated by your own physician.
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 help you travel to and from remote areas.
In these long and short 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 while travelling.
What are the modes of medical repatriation?
Air ambulances come in many forms. Chief among them are ambulance jets and scheduled airliners. Depending upon the need and distance of travelling required by the passenger, the mode of transit can be decided. For small distances even helicopters can be used. For medium and long distances ambulance jets and airliners are utilized.
Medical repatriation by ambulance jet
Ambulance jets can be used no matter where the patient is located at the moment. It is also better to use the private jet if the patient’s condition is critical and he requires intensive care. These private jets are equipped with highly specialized medical facilities. There are specialized medical staff 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 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 patients from one location to another. This is the ideal way to travel when the patient is stable enough to commute. 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 taking commercial flights is whether the patient would be comfortable or not. Scheduled airliner or a commercial flight can be used to transport non-critical patients. In such flights you have two options available to you.
- Travel on a stretcher
- Travel sitting upright in business class
This is a decision that has to be made before 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 some of the equipment and seats on the commercial airliner. Otherwise, you can just sit in your 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 the expenses of non-urgent medical evacuations. Different insurance companies have different policies when it comes to 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, 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 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 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 is equally viable for non-urgent patient transport. A few of the major characteristics which make Medical Air service the best air medical transport service for non-urgent/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 ground-based transports.
- Our services include pickup from the hospital, transfer to the airport, accompanying you in your flight to your destination, and transfer to the hospital 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 over 40 years of medical aviation experiences, 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 to you.
You can reach us day or night, for all your medical evacuation needs. You can contact us directly as follows: